Columbus Blue Jackets: Sergei Bobrovsky Shows Some Promise

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 30: Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets defends the net against the Detroit Red Wings on October 30, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 30: Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets defends the net against the Detroit Red Wings on October 30, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made his best start of the season on Thursday.

On Thursday, the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the San Jose Sharks in their best goaltending performance to date. Sergei Bobrovsky was able to stop 44 of 45 shots that the Sharks shots, posting a save percentage of .978.

It was by far his best start of the season and it was his second straight game with a save percentage above .950 as he also did it against Detroit when he came in relief of Joonas Korpisalo.

Bobrovsky is a streaky goaltender, as a result one great game can catapult him into a great season. As Blue Jackets fans have noticed however, the opposite is also true. A bad game can ruin Bobrovsky’s confidence and as a result ruin a long stretch of games for the Russian goaltender.

With the future uncertain and a new goaltending coach creating an unfamiliar environment for him, there’s more pressure than ever on Bobrovsky. He’s expected to be the savior of the team, especially when it comes to the post-season where he’s regularly struggled.

Columbus Blue Jackets fans are losing faith in Bobrovsky and it’s up to him to regain it in what could be his last season with the Blue Jackets. He’s already the best goaltender the franchise has had, but he needs to keep it up if he wants to go down as a franchise hero.

Will Bobrovsky win the Vezina Trophy this year? Probably not. Could he be close with a strong remainder of the season? Probably.

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0This season is going to be a question mark moving forward with Bobrovsky regaining his Vezina winning form, but the biggest question is whether or not he can sustain the form for more than one or two games. Odds are John Tortorella will give him the nod on Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings and we’ll be able to see if his form continues.