COLUMBUS -- A team can go one of two directions when a top player goes down with an injury.
"I'm not worried about [the season] going the other way," he said. "Your team needs to respond under this circumstance. It doesn't really matter who's playing."
It will be a chance for Curtis McElhinney to claim the No. 1 spot for likely a minimum of 15 games until Bobrovsky returns. Mike McKenna, recalled from the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League, will be his backup.
"It's all about getting that first game under my belt, then going from there," McElhinney said. "In terms of the length, if I get 15 straight games that would be terrific. If it ends up being a couple [games not playing] here or there we'll see how it plays out."
In eight games, McElhinney is 1-3-1 with a 2.34 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. He's played 77 NHL games in six seasons with the Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes and Blue Jackets.
"He's played a lot of years in this League," Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski said. "We're very confident in his ability."
Wisniewski is not one to believe the Blue Jackets need to rally behind the backup goalie.
"He's an NHL goalie so he's got to be good," he said. "I hope we don't need that type of thing. Being professionals, we have to understand we get paid to win hockey games, so no matter who's out there in the net we have to give 100 percent and turn this thing around."
The Blue Jackets (11-14-3) beat the Lightning with McElhinney in relief and have alternated wins and losses the past nine games. They have gone 18 games without consecutive victories since winning three straight from Oct. 20-25.
"We don't have a whole lot of time to get too emotional about this one," Wild coach Mike Yeo said Thursday. "It's a good win but we've got another test [Friday]. They're sitting there waiting for us. … It's going to be a good challenge. We have a lot of respect for that team. We know they are going to play very hard in their building."
The projected lineups for Minnesota at Columbus:
Injured: Mikael Granlund (concussion)
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