Merzlikins signed a two-year, $8 million contract extension with the Blue Jackets on Thursday. Merzlikins has been fantastic in limited action this season, compiling a 13-9-8 record while posting a 2.35 GAA, .923 save percentage and five shutouts in 33 appearances. The 26-year-old Latvian will likely split time with Joonas Korpisalo to start the 2020-21 campaign or finish whatever is left of the 2019-20 campaign, but it would hardly be surprising to see him emerge as Columbus' clear-cut No.1 netminder if and when Korpisalo begins to struggle.
Merzlikins allowed only one goal on 27 shots in a 2-1 win over the Canucks on Sunday. Merzlikins kept the Canucks off the board for two periods before Elias Pettersson scored in the third. Prior to a concussion that cost Merzlikins four games, the Latvian goal has posted a 0-3-4 record with 22 goals allowed in eight appearances. He improved to 13-9-8 with a 2.35 GAA and a .923 save percentage. Merzlikins and Joonas Korpisalo should continue split starts down the stretch unless one of the two netminders gets hot.
Merzlikins will draw the road start for Sunday's matchup against the Canucks. Merzlikins will make his first start since missing four games with a concussion. The 25-year-old has been solid in his first full NHL season, accumulating a 12-9-8 record along with a 2.39 GAA and .922 save percentage in 32 appearances. Merzlikins will draw a tough matchup against a Vancouver offense that ranks eighth in the league in goals per game (3.27).
Merzlikins (concussion) will serve as his team's backup Saturday against Edmonton, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports. Merzlikins missed four games because of a concussion, but he'll return Saturday to back up Joonas Korpisalo. Columbus plays again Sunday, against the Canucks, and there's a good chance Merzlikins will get the starting nod in Vancouver.
Merzlikins (concussion) joined the team for its three-game road trip, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports. Barring any setbacks, Merzlikins could get back between the pipes during the team's upcoming back-to-back versus Edmonton and Vancouver on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Heading into the final stretch of the season, the Latvian figures to split the workload with Joonas Korpisalo.
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