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Eastern Metropolitan Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
14-4-6 34
15-4-3 33
15-6-1 31
10-8-5 25
12-9-0 24
9-9-4 22
8-9-4 20
5-10-3 13

2021 Goaltending

STATS W
Wins
L
Losses
OTL
Overtime Loss
GAA
Goals Against Average
SV%
Saves Percentage
SO
Shutout
Regular Season 9 4 0 2.61 .923 1

Top Elvis Merzlikins News

  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Dealing with non-COVID illness

    Merzlikins is questionable for Thursday's matchup with Dallas due to a non-COVID illness.

    In addition to Merzlikins, Joonas Korpisalo is also under the weather and won't be an option versus the Stars. As such, the team promoted AHL netminder Daniil Tarasov from the minors and may task him to start Thursday if Merzlikins is unable to play.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Set for backup duties

    Merzlikins (illness) will back up Daniil Tarasov in Thursday's game versus the Stars, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.

    Merzlikins was questionable for the contest, but it appears he'll at least dress. It would likely take a lot for head coach Brad Larsen to put Merzlikins in the game. The 27-year-old could be in line to start Saturday against the Capitals.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Gets quick hook Tuesday

    Merzlikins allowed three goals on nine shots in Tuesday's 6-0 loss to the Predators.

    Merzlikins was done after 12:52, with the Predators' second and third goals coming nine seconds apart. This forced head coach Brad Larsen to pull Merzlikins, but the Blue Jackets never got back into the game. The Latvian netminder dropped to 9-4-0 with a 2.61 GAA and a .923 save percentage in 13 contests. The Blue Jackets remains on the road for games versus the Stars on Thursday and the Capitals on Saturday, so it could be tough to trust Merzlikins in the near term.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Gets starting nod

    Merzlikins will start between the pipes in Tuesday's road matchup with Nashville, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.

    Merzlikins has been razor sharp recently, picking up back-to-back wins over the Jets and the Canucks while posting a highly impressive 1.00 GAA and .974 save percentage. The 27-year-old Latvian netminder will try to extend his winning streak to three games in a road matchup with a Predators team that's averaging 2.60 goals per game at home this year, 24th in the NHL.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Busy in win Friday

    Merzlikins allowed two goals on 41 shots in Friday's 4-2 win over the Canucks.

    The Canucks threw a lot of pucks at Merzlikins, but he provided strong goaltending to lead the Blue Jackets to a win. He's now won four of his last five starts, allowing 12 goals in that span. The Latvian improved to 9-3-0 with a 2.41 GAA and a .929 save percentage in 12 appearances. Given Merzlikins' heavy workload Friday, Joonas Korpisalo will likely start Saturday versus the Blues.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Starting against Canucks

    Merzlikins will start Friday's home game against the Canucks, Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.

    Merzlikins is coming off a 36-save shutout against the Jets on Wednesday, which improved his record to 8-3-0 along with a 2.44 GAA and .926 save percentage. He'll have a nice opportunity to improve those marks further against a Canucks team that's off to a 6-12-2 start. Vancouver's averaging only 2.30 goals per game -- fifth-fewest in the league.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Grounds Jets

    Merzlikins made 36 saves in a 3-0 win over Winnipeg on Wednesday.

    It was his first shutout of the season. Merzlikins made 13 saves in in the third period when the Jets turned up the heat. Merzlikins is now 8-3-0 with a 2.44 GAA and .926 save percentage for the surprising Blue Jackets and makes for a solid activation every time he's in the blue paint.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Between pipes Wednesday

    Merzlikins will tend the twine for Wednesday's home clash with the Jets, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.

    Merzlikins has managed a 2-2-0 record in his last four matches despite posting a disappointing 3.76 GAA. Even with the 27-year-old Latvian struggling, the Jackets appear set to roll with him ahead of Joonas Korpisalo, though an upcoming back-to-back versus Vancouver and St. Louis on Friday and Saturday, respectively, should give both netminders the opportunity to play.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Can't fend off Vegas

    Merzlikins surrendered three goals on 35 shots in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Golden Knights.

    Merzlikins was spotted a 2-0 lead early on, but the Blue Jackets' offense went quiet and he wasn't able to fend off the Golden Knights' comeback. The 27-year-old has gone 3-2-0 across his last five games despite surrendering 16 goals in that span. Overall, he has a 7-3-0 record with a 2.69 GAA and a .918 save percentage in 10 appearances. Merzlikins has started a season-high four games in a row, but it may not be until a back-to-back set versus the Canucks on Friday and the Blues next Saturday that he gets a game off.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Between pipes versus Knights

    Merzlikins will tend the twine on the road against Vegas on Saturday, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.

    Merzlikins has posted a subpar 3.97 GAA and .876 save percentage in his previous three starts but has still managed to secure wins in two of those contests. A clash with the Golden Knights isn't exactly the best matchup for a netminder that is struggling to keep pucks out of the net, so fantasy players may want to consider alternative goalie options.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Leaky again in shootout win

    Merzlikins gave up four goals on 29 shots in Thursday's 5-4 shootout win over the Coyotes.

    Merzlikins was again a bit unsteady between the pipes, as he also allowed two goals on seven shootout attempts. The 27-year-old still got the win, his third in his last four starts. The Latvian improved to 7-2-0 with a 2.64 GAA and a .919 save percentage in nine outings. He started three straight games for the first time this year -- Joonas Korpisalo hasn't been that effective lately but will likely get a start in the near future to give Merzlikins some rest.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Starting against Arizona

    Merzlikins will defend the blue paint during Thursday's road game versus the Coyotes, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.

    Merzlikins wasn't great in his last start Monday against the Red Wings, surrendering three goals on just 27 shots, but he was ultimately able to come away with his sixth win of the season thanks to strong goal support from his teammates. The 27-year-old netminder will try to secure a second straight victory in a favorable road matchup with an Arizona team that's 1-4-0 at home this year.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Yields three goals in win

    Merzlikins allowed three goals on 27 shots in Monday's 5-3 win over the Red Wings.

    Merzlikins wasn't all that sharp in the contest, but the Blue Jackets rallied late in the third period to earn the win. The 27-year-old improved to 6-2-0 with a 2.49 GAA and a .925 save percentage in eight appearances. The Latvian continues to see a slight edge in playing time over Joonas Korpisalo. The Blue Jackets' next game is Thursday in Arizona.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: In net against Detroit

    Merzlikins will start Monday's home game against the Red Wings, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.

    Merzlikins struggled against the Rangers in his last start, but he's been lights out against all non-Rangers opponents this season; Merzlikins is 0-2 with nine goals allowed against New York and 5-0 with eight goals allowed facing anyone else. The visiting Red Wings might finally be turning a corner in their lengthy rebuild, as they're 8-6-2 this season despite a minus-4 goal differential.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Roughed up by Rangers

    Merzlikins made 36 saves in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Rangers.

    The Jackets took a 2-1 lead early in the second period, but Merzlikins couldn't make it hold up as the Blueshirts scored three goals in 63 seconds a little later in the frame. The 27-year-old netminder has had a couple stumbles this season -- he's 5-0-0 when allowing two goals or fewer, and 0-2-0 otherwise -- but the overall results have been good as Merzlikins sports a 2.42 GAA and .929 save percentage through his seven appearances.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Gets starting nod

    Merzlikins will patrol the crease during Saturday's home game versus the Rangers, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.

    Merzlikins played well in his last start last Saturday against the Avalanche, stopping 34 of 36 shots en route to a 4-2 win. The 27-year-old backstop will try to pick up his sixth victory of the year in a home matchup with a Rangers squad that's averaging 2.44 goals per game on the road this year, 20th in the NHL.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Back in win column

    Merzlikins registered 34 saves in a 4-2 victory over Colorado on Saturday.

    Three Columbus goals in the final 6:23 of the third period turned a 2-1 deficit into a victory for Merzlikins, who got himself back into the win column after having his four-game winning streak snapped last Friday. The 27-year-old netminder owns a sensational 1.98 GAA and .940 save percentage over his first six appearances.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Gets starting nod

    Merzlikins will guard the cage during Saturday's home game versus the Avalanche.

    Merzlikins wasn't great in his last start Oct. 29 against the Rangers, surrendering four goals on 37 shots en route to a 4-0 defeat. The 27-year-old goaltender will attempt to bounce back and secure his fifth win of the season in a home matchup with a Colorado club that's averaging 3.00 goals per game this campaign, 12th in the NHL.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Downed by Rangers

    Merzlikins made 33 saves in Friday's 4-0 loss to the Rangers.

    The 27-year-old saw his four-game win streak snapped on a night in which he got no help from his teammates. Despite the setback, Merzlikins still boasts a 1.98 GAA and .939 save percentage to begin the season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 183 lbs
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Age: 27
Experience: 2
Shoots: Left