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Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Skates with second group
Merzlikins (lower body) skated with the second of three groups during Thursday's practice to open training camp, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Merzlikins had a lower-body injury for much of the last month of 2022-23, but it was expected he'd be healthy by the end of April. His presence on the ice at training camp is enough to suggest he's healthy and ready to enter the season as the Blue Jackets' clear top netminder, especially with Daniil Tarasov (knee) hurting. Merzlikins is a low-end fantasy option to begin the year -- managers may want to see how much of an impact the Blue Jackets' defensive additions will benefit their goalies.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Skipping Worlds
Merzlikins (lower body) is expected to be fully healthy by late April, but he has elected not to play for Latvia at the IIHF World Championship in May, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
The netminder is coming off the worst season of his NHL career, and his focus this offseason is going to be on getting stronger, staying healthier and rebounding in 2023-24. "I have May, June, July, August and a little bit of September, plenty of time to get stronger and ready for the new season," Merzlikins said Sunday. "I'm going to stay all summer [in Columbus] and get myself ready." Barring a significant addition to the roster over the summer, Daniil Tarasov -- who had trouble staying healthy himself this year -- figures to be Merzlikins' main competition for the starting role with the Blue Jackets next season.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Remains out
Merzlikins (lower body) won't be in the lineup Sunday against Ottawa, Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.
Merzlikins, who is listed as day-to-day, will miss his fourth consecutive contest. Michael Hutchinson will be the backup behind Jon Gillies on Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Unavailable Thursday
Merzlikins (leg) will miss Thursday's contest versus Boston, according to Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch.
Merzlikins has a 7-18-2 record, 4.23 GAA and .876 save percentage in 30 appearances this season. He allowed six goals on 24 shots in an 8-2 loss to Montreal on Saturday. Michael Hutchinson is expected to start Thursday, and Jon Gillies is set to backup.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Considered day-to-day
Merzlikins (leg) is considered day-to-day ahead of Tuesday's matchup with the Rangers.
Merzlikins had just returned from a seven-game absence while attending to a family matter back home in Latvia. With Merzlikins in doubt, it will likely fall to either Michael Hutchinson or Jon Gillies to backstop the team for the time being. At this point, Merzlikins may be hard-pressed to even reach the 10-win mark this season, well behind the 27 wins he compiled last season.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Allows six in loss
Merzlikins stopped 18 of 24 shots in the Blue Jackets' 8-2 loss to the Canadiens on Saturday.
The nightmare season for Merzlikins continues as the Latvian goaltender coughed up six goals on just 24 shots before exiting towards the end of the second period. Since the start of January, Merzlikins has only two starts in his last 16 games where he has allowed less than three goals. On the season, Merzlikins has a 7-18-2 record with a 4.23 GAA and a .876 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Exits Saturday's contest
Merzlikins left Saturday's game versus the Canadiens favoring his right leg, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Merzlikins looked uncomfortable on the Canadiens' sixth goal, and he came out of the game at the next stoppage, replaced by Michael Hutchinson. Merzlikins stopped 18 of 24 shots during his time in the game, which was his first action since a relief appearance March 7. More information on his status should surface before Tuesday's game versus the Rangers.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Starting Saturday
Merzlikins will guard the road goal versus the Canadiens on Saturday, Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.
Merzlikins will make his first start after returning to North America following a death in his family. Prior to his personal absence, he went 1-2-1 with 13 goals allowed across his previous four starts, though facing the Canadiens is a good matchup for him to get back on track.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Rejoins team Wednesday
Merzlikins (personal) was back with the club Wednesday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Merzlikins was away from the team for personal reasons but has returned from his native Latvia. With the netminder back at practice, he should be in line to start either Friday or Saturday against the Islanders or Canadiens, respectively. The Jackets sent Daniil Tarasov back to the minors, which means Merzlikins figures to split the back-to-back with Michael Hutchinson.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Leaves for Latvia
Merzlikins (personal) is on his way to Latvia to be with family Friday, Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.
Merzlikins will likely miss at least a week of action as the Blue Jackets are headed out to California and Vegas next week. Merzlikins left Tuesday's game versus the Penguins with an illness and picked up a no-decision after stopping all seven shots. He is 7-17-2 with a 4.10 GAA and .880 save percentage this season. Daniil Tarasov was recalled on an emergency basis.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Leaves start after first period
Merzlikins (illness) exited Tuesday's game versus the Penguins after the first period, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Merzlikins made seven saves in the first period without allowing a goal, and the Blue Jackets established a 3-0 lead. Michael Hutchinson took over in net for Merzlikins, who can be considered day-to-day.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Starting in Pittsburgh
Merzlikins will patrol the road crease against Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.
Merzlikins struggled in his last start Saturday against the Senators, surrendering four goals on only 23 shots before being replaced by Michael Hutchinson in the second period of the eventual 5-2 loss. He'll try to get back in the win column in a road matchup with a Penguins team that's averaging 3.52 goals per game at home this campaign, eighth in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Pulled in loss
Merzlikins stopped 19 of 23 shots in the Blue Jackets' 5-2 loss to the Senators on Saturday.
Merzilikins allowed four goals on 23 shots, before being pulled for Michael Hutchinson early in the second period. This performance continues Merzlikins' struggles as he has allowed at least three goals in his last 11 starts. With Joonas Korpisalo now in Los Angeles, Merzlikins should be the starting netminder moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Falls to Kraken
Merzlikins turned aside 31 of 34 shots in Friday's 4-2 loss to Seattle.
The Kraken's final goal was scored into an empty net. Merzlikins has been nothing if not consistent over the last month-plus, and he's given up exactly three goals in a remarkable seven straight starts. Unfortunately, he plays for a team averaging just 2.58 goals per game, 30th in the league. With the roster cleared of competition at the trade deadline, Merzlikins should be the Blue Jackets' unquestioned No. 1 netminder down the stretch, although that role may not translate into many wins.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Starting again Saturday
Merzlikins will guard the road goal Saturday against Ottawa, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Merzlikins will go back-to-back after stopping 31 of 34 shots in Friday's 4-2 loss to Seattle. He has a 7-16-2 record this season with a 4.05 GAA and an .880 save percentage in 27 appearances. The Senators rank 16th in the league this campaign with 3.15 goals per game.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Starting Friday
Merzlikins will defend the home crease versus Seattle on Friday, Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.
Merzlikins has allowed three goals in each of his last six games, a huge improvement over the rest of the season, as he is 7-15-2 with a 4.10 GAA and .879 save percentage. Merzlikins will face the Kraken, who are sixth in NHL scoring, averaging 3.49 goals per game.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Hangs on for win in Buffalo
Merzlikins turned aside 38 shots in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Sabres.
It was a busy night for the 28-year-old netminder, who picked up a power-play assist on a Kent Johnson tally to open the scoring in the first period, then had to weather a furious comeback attempt by the Sabres in the third. Merzlikins' numbers on the season remain poor, but he's found some consistency lately, giving up exactly three goals in six straight starts and going 2-2-2 over that stretch with a .911 save percentage. With Joonas Korpisalo shipped to the Kings on Wednesday, Merzlikins will now share the crease with 37-year-old Jonathan Quick down the stretch, but the younger goalie will likely be given every chance to lock down the top job and re-establish himself as a reliable option for the Blue Jackets.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-3, 183 lbs|
|Birthplace: Riga, Latvia|