Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky practiced Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a groin injury Jan. 21, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Bobrovsky had worked on the ice Monday during the Blue Jackets' pregame skate but Wednesday was his first full practice.
"It feels pretty good. I'm getting better," Bobrovsky told the Dispatch. "Today was a little bit longer practice, a full practice. It was a harder practice. I did some splits. I did some reaction stuff. I felt pretty good."
Bobrovsky has missed time on three occasions because of groin problems. In 27 games he is 11-13-1 with a 2.65 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.
Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson told the Dispatch he hopes Bobrovsky is able to get back into the lineup before the end of the season, but it won't happen until he's fully healed.
"He's got to be a 100-percent healthy [to play again]," Davidson said. "He's really worked at it. He feels real good. He'll see some games if it continues this way. We don't want to set that specific [return] date because he's going through the process. He was out there today chasing pucks, doing a good job. He's working his tail off. But we're not taking any chances; none whatsoever. But certainly we'd like to get him in some games, for sure."