The Blue Jackets held practice this morning at Nationwide Arena in preparation for Saturday night’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.
Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky practiced with the team, and Joonas Korpisalo was also on the ice. Anton Forsberg took some reps to relieve Bobrovsky near the conclusion of practice.
“We need to get Bob some practice now,” coach John Tortorella told the media after practice. “As far as a full practice, Anton got work after. So that’s the stage (Bobrovsky’s) at right now, is we felt he could take a practice. We’re gonna talk to the trainers and to Bob to see where we’re at there, but that’s another step in his process of trying to get back.”
When asked, Tortorella said it is a possibility that Bobrovsky could dress tomorrow as a backup.
Forward Boone Jenner and defenseman David Savard were not at practice. Tortorella said Jenner’s absence was maintenance-related, and he expects Jenner to play tomorrow.
Additionally, Tortorella said that Savard (upper body) will be out longer than day-to-day, closer to weeks, before he returns to the lineup.
Here’s a few other updates and anecdotes from the Blue Jackets’ practice:
Markus Hannikainen (shoulder) was on the ice for practice. He was injured during his first career NHL game on Nov. 28 in St. Louis and could play tomorrow against Colorado.
When asked about Kerby Rychel and Josh Anderson, Tortorella said: “They have played well. I bounce different people around with them as far as center icemen, but I’ve kept them together. They have given us some forechecking and they can skate, and I think that’s an important thing. We’re still trying to play quicker. I still don’t think we’re playing quick enough, and to be a fast team, they certainly bring that in.”
It was announced this morning, that Tortorella’s coaching staff for the World Cup of Hockey in September has been finalized. Here’s what he had to say about it:
“I am thrilled. It wasn’t just me naming it. It was the (USA Hockey) management team. We have gone through a long process with that, and I’m thrilled with the group. The thing that’s cool about it is you compete against these guys all the time and you’re trying to beat them, (but) to be able to join up and be with them and coach a team with them, learn from them, it’s a ways away, but that’s going to be so much fun and so exciting.”