Merzlikins (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports. Merzlikins is considered week-to-week with an upper-body injury, so this move was expected. Joonas Korpisalo will likely assume a workhorse role with Matiss Kivlenieks getting the occasional look in goal until Merzlikins is ready to return.
Merzlikins (upper body) is listed as week-to-week after being evaluated Sunday. Merzlikins was injured in Saturday's loss against Nashville, and it appears to be something substantial. Joonas Korpisalo will take over the bulk of the workload in his absence, while Cameron Johnson and Matiss Kivlenieks could both see time as the backup. Merzlikins is 3-3-1 with a .917 save percentage and 2.81 GAA this season. He should be out at least through the end of the month, but his estimated timetable is still unclear.
Merzlikins (arm) was injured in the third period of Saturday's game versus the Predators, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports. Merzlikins' left arm appeared to get caught underneath him as he attempted to control the puck. He was holding his arm as he headed to the locker room, with Joonas Korpisalo taking over in goal. Merzlikins allowed four goals on 39 shots prior to his exit. If he ends up missing additional time, Matiss Kivlenieks would likely become Korpisalo's primary backup.
Merzlikins will tend the crease for Saturday's game against the Predators, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports. The 26-year-old will be making his second straight start after shutting out Nashville on Thursday. Merzlikins showed what he could do when he's locked in last year, and his 2.51 GAA and .920 save percentage through eight appearances this season are solid, but Saturday he'll be working behind a Columbus blue line corps missing two key regulars in Zach Werenski (lower body) and David Savard (illness).
Merzlikins turned aside 32 shots in a 3-0 win over Nashville on Thursday. Merzlikins received his first starting assignment since Jan. 31 and responded with his first shutout in over a year. It's certainly a good sign for the Blue Jackets, whose goaltending situation has been shaky for much of the season. With teammate Joonas Korpisalo scuffling to the tune of an .887 save percentage, the now-healthy Merzlikins has a chance to grab hold of a significant workload.
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