Merzlikins made a relief appearance Thursday, setting aside 21 of 24 shots in a 6-4 loss to the Lightning.

Merzlikins had been yanked from his own start versus the Panthers on Saturday, but he was given the opportunity to relieve a struggling Joonas Korpisalo in the Blue Jackets' latest contest. While Columbus sparked a miniature rally with Merzlikins in the cage, the Bolts still managed to put the puck past him three times at even strength. Still, Merzlikins possesses decent ratios, including a 2.86 GAA and a .914 save percentage.

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