On Tuesday night, the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Florida Panthers, and their former goaltender, Sergei Bobrovsky. Bobrovsky and the Jackets weren’t necessarily on good terms when he left.
Bob and Jackets GM, Jarmo Kekalainen, had some disagreements, and Bob had said before the season was over, he planned on leaving. Not too long after the team was knocked out of the 2019 playoffs, Bob put his Columbus condo up for sale, signaling the end was near for his time in Columbus.
This season without Bobrovsky, the Jackets started off slow with the man who was his backup, Joonas Korpisalo. As of lately, the season has turned for the Jackets.
In their last 10 games, they’re 8-1-1, and have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL since December 9th. Korpisalo went down with an injury in the teams December 29th game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Rookie goaltender Elvis Merzlikins came in to take his place and is 11-2 in his last 13 games, with 4 shutouts in his last 7 games.
To continue their hot streak, the Jackets took down the Panthers and their former goaltender in overtime. Zach Werenski tied his single season record for goals by a defensemen with the teams game winning goal.
The Blue Jackets will be playing on Friday against the Detroit Red Wings and will look to keep the hot streak rolling on their home ice.
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