Bobrovsky will not be at the IIHF World Championship, Sergey Demidov of Russia's NHL.com reports. Simply put, Bob needs to rest. He represented Russia at the World Cup of Hockey, logged a career-high 63 regular-season starts, and endured a grueling playoff round with the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins -- losing in five games . Also, we shouldn't forget that Bobrovsky dealt with groin issues before hiring a new conditioning coach ahead of the 2017-18 campaign. Top Tampa tender Andrei Vasilevskiy reportedly will be the No. 1 goalie for Russia at Worlds.
Bobrovsky allowed five goals on 37 shots in Thursday's series-clinching Game 5 loss to Pittsburgh. The Jackets staved off a sweep on home ice by eking out a Game 4 win, but Bobrovsky was under fire all series long, and he was never truly able to contain the Penguins. Still, he'll be among the top contenders for the Vezina Trophy after his spectacular regular season, which featured 41 wins with a 2.06 GAA and .931 save percentage.
Bobrovsky will get the starting nod for Thursday's Game 5 clash with the Penguins, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports. Even though Bobrovsky came away with the win in Game 4, his performance was still underwhelming, as he gave up four goals on 31 shots -- an .871 save percentage. For the series, the netminder has logged a 3.61 GAA after facing 138 shots. If the 28-year-old can't find a higher compete level, it could be lights out for Columbus on Thursday.
Bobrovsky made 27 saves to beat the Penguins 5-4 in Tuesday's Game 4. Bobrovsky has been a major disappointment in this series with 15 goals allowed in four games. He was able to hold Pittsburgh off the board until Columbus had established a 3-0 lead early in the second period, then did just enough to earn his third playoff win in 17 appearances. The Russian netminder will need to find the form that saw him post a 2.06 GAA and .931 save percentage during the regular season for his team to have any chance of coming all the way back from a 3-0 series deficit.
Bobrovsky will patrol the crease in Tuesday's Game 4 against the Penguins, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Bobrovsky may be awarded the Vezina Trophy based on his play during the regular season, but he's crumbled down the stretch. Including losses in the first three games of the Blue Jackets' series against Pittsburgh, Bobrovsky has lost seven straight starts in goal, posting a suboptimal 3.40 GAA and .886 save percentage over that span. He will look to buck that trend and keep his team's postseason alive Tuesday evening.
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