Korpisalo inked a two-year, $5.6 million contract extension with Columbus on Friday. In his first season as a full-time starter, Korpisalo registered a 19-12-5 record with two shutouts and a 2.60 GAA in 37 outings prior to the league going on hiatus. A knee injury cost the netminder 24 games this year but shouldn't impact his ability to carry the load for the Jackets going forward. It's a short-term deal for the 25-year-old backstop, though it does buy out his RFA years which will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2021-22 campaign.
Korpisalo gave up three goals on 23 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Oilers on Saturday. The Finnish goalie wasn't tested nearly as often as his fellow countryman, the Oilers' Mikko Koskinen. Korpisalo also wasn't as strong in the crease, taking his third loss in five games (2-2-1) since returning from a knee injury. The 25-year-old netminder dropped to 19-12-5 with a 2.60 GAA and a .911 save percentage through 37 appearances. With Elvis Merzlikins (concussion) back in the fold, Korpisalo's time as the undisputed starter has likely come to a close.
Korpisalo will start Saturday's game in Edmonton, Jeff Svoboda of Jackets Insider reports. Korpisalo has delivered a decent stretch for the Blue Jackets as they try to cling to a playoff spot, going 2-1-1 with 11 goals allowed in four appearances since returning from injury. He'll have the unenviable task of trying to slow down an Oilers team that features two superstars in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, as well as increased scoring depth that was bolstered at the trade deadline.
Korpisalo stopped 34 of 37 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to Calgary on Wednesday. Korpisalo couldn't hold a 2-0 lead in the final half of the third period, giving up the tying goal with 1:43 left in regulation and the winning tally with just 10.4 seconds remaining in overtime. Korpisalo has started four consecutive games for the injury-ravaged Blue Jackets and has posted at least a .923 save percentage in three of them. He'll continue to be the lead netminder in the absence of Elvis Merzilikins (concussion).
Korpisalo will start in the road crease Wednesday against the Flames, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports. Elvis Merzilikins (concussion) is still on the mend, so Korpisalo will make his third straight start. He's been a bit rocky in that stretch, but he's notched two wins -- both above a .920 save percentage -- while mixing in a tough loss to the Wild in the middle. Korpisalo has a difficult task in the Flames, as they've scored three-plus goals in 12 straight outings.
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