At some point you have to figure the Philadelphia Flyers are going to really regret letting Sergei Bobrovsky go. And if that’s going to happen, you have to figure that epiphany will come some time in the very near future.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are playing some mighty fine hockey of late. They’ve recorded points in nine consecutive games, which is a franchise record. A major reason for that recent success has been the play of Bobrovsky, who was simply sensational against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
Bob’s overall numbers on the season are terrific. In 18 starts he has a 2.11 goals-against average and a solid save percentage of .927, which includes his one shutout on the year.
It’s his play since the month of March started that he made the jump from solid to fantastic. He’s allowed more than one goal only once in seven games in March, six of them starts. In that one that he allowed more than one, he only allowed two. Five of those were wins, the other two were games that saw the Jackets get a point, but fall in the shootout.
The large reason for that success is the fact that Bobrovsky had made some adjustments recently. He’s standing bigger in the net, rather than shrinking, which was an issue before. That adjustment has paid dividends.
Who knows if the Blue Jackets can actually keep this run up. They don’t have the talent of a playoff team, on paper. But they’re playing like one right now, and have a goaltender who looks prime to roll down the stretch. Watch out for them in the coming weeks.