The Columbus Blue Jackets' hopes of returning to the Stanley Cup Playoffs just hit another roadblock with the announcement Monday that goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to miss 4-6 weeks because of a groin injury.
Bobrovsky was injured Jan. 21 against the Winnipeg Jets, an injury that initially kept him out of the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game.
In 33 games this season, Bobrovsky is 16-15-2 with a 2.85 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.
The Blue Jackets, who have been beset by injuries all season, are 14 points behind the Boston Bruins for the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot.
"I don't know how many (wins) we need, but we've got to get every one we can," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "... It starts [Tuesday against the Washington Capitals]. That has to be our approach."