oaltender Steve Mason did not travel with the Blue Jackets to New Jersey yesterday, meaning rookie Allen York will back up Curtis Sanford tonight against the Devils.

But early signs indicate that Mason, believed to have a mild concussion, will not be out of the lineup long term, general manager Scott Howson said.

"It doesn't appear to be too serious, but concussions are tricky to predict," Howson said. "We all decided it would be better for him to not travel. He'll see a doctor in Columbus, and we'll take it from there. He could be in uniform on Friday (against Buffalo), but we don't know that yet."

Mason was struck in the mask by a Rick Nash slap shot during the morning skate on Monday, a blow that sent him forward on his hands and knees. He was helped by trainers but left the ice under his own power.

Not that Mason would be playing anyway. Sanford, who has stopped 80 of 85 shots during the Blue Jackets' 3-1-1 stretch, will make his third straight start.