PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Colmubus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky will not dress Thursday night against the Penguins.READ MORE: Shaler And North Allegheny Girls Basketball Teams Take Stand Against Racism
Instead, Joonas Korpisalo will start in net, with newly acquired Keith Kinkaid backing him up.
“#CBJ HC Tortorella says Joonas Korpisalo starts for Columbus tonight. Keith Kinkaid to backup. Bobrovsky not dressing.”
Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella says Bobrovsky is taking a maintenance day, and that it has nothing to do with his previous performances against Pittsburgh.
“Joonas Korpisalo will start in goal tonight for Columbus. Bobrovsky has day off to rest and work on his game. Decision not related to Bobrovsky’s record vs. Penguins, Tortorella said.”
“Hardly surprised Jackets are deciding against starting Bobrovsky. Didn’t expect Torts to start Korpisalo, however. Kinkaid has won six of eight starts against Pens over the past two years.”
Meanwhile, the Penguins held an optional morning skate Thursday at PPG Paints Arena. Injured Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, who had donned the red-non-contact jersey at practice over the past couple of days, did not skate because of an illness.
“Letang not feeling well this morning, per Sullivan. Sounds like he’s out for tonight.”
Meanwhile, winger Patric Hornqvist was a full participant at practice after taking a maintenance day Wednesday and getting hurt briefly against the Panthers Tuesday night.
“Hornqvist out on the ice now for morning skate.”
In other injury news, defenseman Olli Maatta skated on his own before practice once again this morning.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Reports 3 Confirmed Cases Of UK Coronavirus Variant
The Penguins battle the Blue Jackets at PPG Paints Arena Thursday night. This is game one of a home-and-home series that ends Saturday night in Columbus.