Surprise! Due to a "Nicked" Sergei Bobrovsky, the Blue Jackets Turn to Joonas Korpisalo Tonight in Edmonton

By Rob Mixer on March 21, 2019 at 2:50 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo takes a break during a game at Nationwide Arena.

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Nothing like an old-fashioned curveball in the middle of a playoff race, right?

That's where the Blue Jackets are entering tonight's game in Edmonton, where we thought Sergei Bobrovsky would continue his run between the pipes.

But as John Tortorella told the media in his morning availability, Bobrovsky is "nicked" (whatever that means) and Joonas Korpisalo will instead get the start against the Oilers.

You'll recall that Korpisalo played perhaps his best game of the season in his previous start, a 2-1 overtime loss in Boston on Saturday night at TD Garden. He made 31 saves and was a big part of the Blue Jackets securing a valuable point in the standings, on the second half of a back-to-back that began with a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

And again, this is quite a spot for Korpisalo. The Blue Jackets, after dropping a 4-2 decision in Calgary on Tuesday, desperately need a win to pad their one-point lead over the Montreal Canadiens for the Eastern Conference's second wild card spot. No pressure, kid.

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