Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was activated from injured reserve by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
Bobrovsky will start Friday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told the Blue Jackets website. He has missed the past 19 games because of a groin strain sustained Jan. 21 against the Calgary Flames.
Injures have limited Bobrovsky to 27 games this season. He's 11-13-1 with a 2.65 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.
To make room on the roster, goaltender Joonas Korpisalo was assigned to Lake Erie of the American Hockey League. The 21-year-old started 17 of the 19 games Bobrovsky was out, going 11-4-3 with a 2.49 GAA and .922 save percentage.
Kekalainen said sending Korpisalo to the AHL is to keep him playing consistently.
"He's a 21-year-old goaltender. His development is very, very important to our organization," he said. "This was the plan all along. He needs to play and play regularly. He's going to be a big part of Lake Erie's playoff run.