Korpisalo stopped 27 of 29 shots in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Senators. The 24-year-old wraps up his season with a 10-7-3 record, 2.95 GAA and .897 save percentage, mediocre numbers by any standard. Korpisalo will now take a back seat to Sergei Bobrovsky for the Jackets' playoff run, but his role in 2019-20 hinges on whether the front office can re-sign Bob over the summer.
Korpisalo will guard the goal in Saturday's road game against the Senators, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports. Korpisalo struggled in his last start March 21 against the Oilers, surrendering four goals on 22 shots en route to a 4-1 defeat. The Finnish backstop will look to end the regular season in style by picking up his 10th win of the campaign in a road matchup with a middling Ottawa offense that's averaging 3.08 goals per game at home in 2018-19, 16th in the NHL.
Korpisalo stopped three of five shots after replacing Sergei Bobrovsky late in the second period of Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Bruins. Depending on how things go, this could be the last action Korpisalo sees this season -- the Jackets may need to win their final two games this weekend to ensure themselves of a playoff spot, in which case Bobrovsky will almost certainly be in net for both. If so, Korpisalo would end the season with a 9-7-3 record, 3.00 GAA and .895 save percentage -- mediocre numbers that would do little to ensure him a job next season, even if Bobrovsky leaves in free agency.
Korpisalo allowed four goals on 22 shots in a 4-1 loss to Edmonton on Thursday. Korpisalo's record moves to 9-7-3 following Thursday's loss, with the Finn now winless in his last seven starts, going 0-5-1 with a 3.00 GAA and .886 save percentage over that span. His last victory came back on Jan. 15, so rolling with Korpisalo -- in any format -- seems like a risky move.
Korpisalo will start in goal Thursday night against host Edmonton, Tom Gazzola of TSN.ca reports. The Finnish netminder is one victory shy of cracking the 10-win barrier for the first time since his stellar rookie campaign in 2015-16 -- when Korpisalo prevailed 16 times through 31 games and maintained quality ratios. He'll reportedly be countered by Mikko Koskinen in this next start, squaring off against an Oilers club that ranks 21st in home scoring at 2.94 goals per game.
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