Last Game
Fri, Apr 29
@ Pittsburgh Penguins (46-25-11)
  • PPG Paints Arena
3
Final
5

Eastern Metropolitan Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
54-20-8 116
52-24-6 110
46-25-11 103
44-26-12 100
37-35-10 84
37-38-7 81
27-46-9 63
25-46-11 61

2021 Goaltending

STATS W
Wins
L
Losses
OTL
Overtime Loss
GAA
Goals Against Average
SV%
Saves Percentage
SO
Shutout
Regular Season 27 23 7 3.22 .907 2

Top Elvis Merzlikins News

  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Takes tough loss in relief

    Merzlikins stopped 40 of 42 shots after replacing Jean-Francois Berube midway through the first period of Friday's 5-3 loss to the Penguins.

    The loss went on Merzlikins' ledger as he allowed the eventual winning goal, but it was still a strong performance under tough circumstances. He wraps up the campaign with a career-high 27 wins, but his 3.22 GAA and .907 save percentage were a disappointment given the flashes of brilliance he's shown in the past. Merzlikins will head into next season as the Blue Jackets' No. 1 netminder, but he might need the team's young blue line to improve in a hurry to post significantly better ratios.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Finishing season strong

    Merzlikins made 25 saves in a 5-2 win over the Lightning on Thursday.

    Merzlikins is finishing the season strong with wins over Tampa Bay and Edmonton in his two of this last three starts. His 3.26 GAA and .906 save percentage this season need some work, but Merzlikins is the team's top netminder, and he'll be working to improve those ratios -- and build on a 26-22-7 record -- when camp opens in September.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Starting again Thursday

    Merzlikins -- who stopped 28 of 32 shots against the Lightning on Tuesday -- will be in goal at home versus Tampa Bay on Thursday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.

    Merzlikins may be playing in his final game of the season as the Jackets end the year with a back-to-back and will likely go with Jean-Francois Berube against the Penguins on Friday, though that hasn't been confirmed by the team. In eight career clashes with the Bolts, Merzlikins has posted a less than stellar 2-4-2 record and 2.54 GAA, including the four goals he conceded to Tampa on Tuesday.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Taking on Tampa Bay

    Merzlikins will guard the road goal during Tuesday's matchup with the Lightning, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.

    Merzlikins was excellent in his last start Sunday against the Oilers, stopping 33 of 35 shots en route to a 5-2 win. He'll try to secure his 27th victory of the season in a tough road matchup with a Tampa Bay team that's 26-8-6 at home this year.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: In net against Edmonton

    Merzlikins will start Sunday's game against the Oilers, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.

    Merzlikins will have his hands full trying to contain a high-powered Oilers offense led by Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. The Latvian netminder has gone 25-21-7 with a 3.26 GAA and .906 save percentage overall, but Merzlikins has only three wins since March 16.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Stops 25 in shootout loss

    Merzlikins allowed a goal on 26 shots in Friday's 2-1 shootout loss to Ottawa.

    Merzlikins was solid, but the Blue Jackets couldn't solve Filip Gustavsson before falling in the shootout. Merzlikins has now lost his last three starts behind a struggling Blue Jackets team. The 28-year-old goaltender now has a 25-21-7 record with a .906 save percentage.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Facing Senators

    Merzlikins will guard the home goal during Friday's game versus Ottawa, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.

    Merzlikins wasn't great in his last start Tuesday against the Sharks, surrendering three goals on 28 shots en route to a 3-2 loss. He'll try to return to the win column in a home matchup with a Senators team that's averaging 2.77 goals per game on the road this year, 21st in the NHL.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Falters in first period

    Merzlikins allowed three goals on 28 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Sharks.

    Merzlikins gave up all three goals in the first period, and the Blue Jackets couldn't cover the damage. He's now 3-6-1 with 30 goals allowed in his last 10 games. The Latvian netminder dropped to 25-21-6 with a 3.32 GAA and a .905 save percentage through 54 appearances. He'll likely get the start Friday at home versus the Senators.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Starting in San Jose

    Merzlikins will start Tuesday's game in San Jose, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.

    Merzlikins has appeared in 13 of the last 15 games, putting up a 3-5-3 record with a 3.16 GAA and .910 save percentage during that span. A winner of two of his last three starts, the 28-year-old should have a decent shot at a victory Tuesday against a Sharks team that sits dead-last in the NHL since March 1 with just 2.41 average goals for over the last 22 games.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Loses low-scoring game

    Merzlikins allowed two goals on 38 shots in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Kings.

    Merzlikins gave up both goals within the first 7:02 of the game, then put on a clinic to keep it close, but the Blue Jackets couldn't pull even. The Latvian netminder has gone 3-3-1 with 19 goals allowed in seven games in April. He's at 25-20-6 with a 3.32 GAA and a .905 save percentage in 53 outings this season. The Blue Jackets play the second half of a back-to-back Sunday in Anaheim, so Jean-Francois Berube may be due for a start after Merzlikins has made appearances in the last 10 games.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Starting in LA

    Merzlikins will patrol the crease during Saturday's road game versus the Kings, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.

    Merzlikins was sharp in his last start Wednesday against Montreal, stopping 20 of 21 shots en route to a 5-1 victory. He'll try to pick up a third straight win in a road matchup with an LA team that's averaging 2.87 goals per game at home this year, 23rd in the NHL.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Sharp in Wednesday's win

    Merzlikins stopped 20 shots in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Canadiens.

    A Ryan Poehling power-play tally late in the second period denied Merzlikins his third shutout of the year, but it was otherwise smooth sailing for the 28-year-old goalie. Merzlikins is once again benefitting from some surprising offensive support, going 3-1-1 over his last five starts despite a 2.76 GAA, although his .920 save percentage over that stretch is strong.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Starts against Canadiens

    Merzlikins will start in goal for the Blue Jackets on Wednesday against Montreal, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.

    Merzlikins has been fairly inconsistent as of late, posting a 2-4-3 record and allowing 31 goals in his previous nine contests -- not to mention allowing three or more goals in eight of those nine games. However, the 28-year-old goalie has still tallied 24 wins and ranks eighth among goalies in total saves (1,510).

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Gets high-scoring win over Wings

    Merzlikins made 34 saves in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over the Red Wings.

    After going seven starts without a win, Merzlikins has rebounded with a 2-1-0 record over the past three. Columbus' offense bailed him out in this one, but Merzlikins allowed four goals for the fifth time in his last nine outings. Given the Blue Jackets' recent defensive struggles, deploying Merzlikins in fantasy will continue to be a dicey proposition for the remainder of the season.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Starting in Motor City

    Merzlikins will start between the pipes in Saturday's road game versus the Red Wings, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.

    Merzlikins wasn't great in his last start Thursday against the Flyers, surrendering four goals on 31 shots en route to a 4-1 defeat. He'll try to bounce back and pick up his 24th win of the season in a road matchup with a Detroit team that's averaging 3.30 goals per game at home this year, 12th in the NHL.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Another tough night

    Merzlikins made 27 saves in a 4-1 loss to the Flyers on Thursday.

    The Jackets were up 1-0 until the eight minute mark of the second, when Kevin Connauton snapped a 40-foot shot far side from the left faceoff circle. The Flyers put two more in by the 16:41 mark and then pushed it to 4-1 on a third-period goal by Travis Konecny that trickled past Merzlikins. He's 1-4-3 in his last nine starts.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Gets starting nod against Flyers

    Merzlikins will be between the pipes at home versus Philadelphia on Thursday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.

    Merzlikins will be making his eighth straight appearance in goal for the Jackets, including taking both ends of a pair of back-to-backs. Eventually, the 27-year-old netminder will have to take a rest but at this point, the coaching staff has shown no signs of rolling with Jean-Francois Berube.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Snaps skid on busy night

    Merzlikins made 47 saves in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Flyers.

    Philadelphia had a 20-8 edge in shots after one period, but the Blue Jackets found themselves ahead 2-1 thanks to excellent goaltending from Merzlikins. The ice remained tilted in Merzlikins' direction for the rest of the night, but he was up to the challenge. James van Riemdsyk tied it with 6:44 left in the second, but Justin Danforth gave Columbus the lead for good at the exact same mark of the third. It took a Herculean effort, but Merzlikins was finally able to snap his seven-start winless skid despite another porous defensive performance in front of him from the struggling Blue Jackets.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Starting in Philadelphia

    Merzlikins will defend the blue paint during Tuesday's road game versus the Flyers, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.

    Merzlikins played pretty well in the Blue Jackets' two-game set with the Bruins on Saturday and Monday, maintaining an admirable .922 save percentage over that span, but he still suffered back-to-back losses due to insufficient offensive support. The 27-year-old netminder will try to snap his personal six-game losing streak in a road matchup with a Philadelphia team that's averaging 2.86 goals per game at home this year, 23rd in the NHL.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Downed by Boston

    Merzlikins stopped 34 shots in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Bruins.

    Columbus was out-shot 37-22 on the night, and Merzlikins had little chance on any of Boston's tallies, which came on a breakaway, a shot through a screen and an egregious giveaway in OT. Even so, Elvis has lost six straight decisions, going 0-3-3 over his last eight outings with a 3.56 GAA and .898 save percentage.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 183 lbs
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Age: 28
Experience: 2
Shoots: Left