The Blue Jackets assigned Kivlenieks to AHL Cleveland on Sunday.
With Elvis Merzlikins now having cleared the concussion protocol, the Blue Jackets didn't have much of a need to carry Kivlenieks as a third goaltender. During his latest stint with the parent club, Kivlenieks appeared in two games, going 0-1-0 while stopping 45 of 51 shot attempts.
Kivlenieks turned aside 10 of 11 shots after replacing Joonas Korpisalo midway through the second period during Friday's 5-0 loss to the Wild.
The goalie switch did nothing to light a spark under a sluggish Blue Jackets squad, but Kivlenieks at least did his job. The 23-year-old will continue to back up Korpisalo until Elvis Merzlikins (undisclosed) is ready to return to the ice.
Kivlenieks allowed five goals on 40 shots in a 5-4 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday.
Playing for an injured Elvis Merzlikins (lower body), Kivlenieks logged his highest save total through five NHL starts but it was enough to hold off the Wild. Kivlenieks is now 1-1-2 with Columbus this season, posting a 3.03 GAA and an .897 save percentage.
Kivlenieks led the team out for warmups and will start against the Wild on Tuesday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Elvis Merzlikins sustained a lower-body injury during Monday's win over the Senators, so Kivlenieks was called up on an emergency basis. Joonas Korpisalo was expected to start, but it's Kivlenieks, who has a .907 save percentage across four NHL appearances, who will get the nod.
The Blue Jackets recalled Kivlenieks from AHL Cleveland on an emergency basis Monday.
Kivlenieks was sent back to the minors Sunday after Columbus activated Joonas Korpisalo off injured reserve. However, Elvis Merzlikins was knocked out of Monday's game with an undisclosed injury. It looks like Kivlenieks will back up Korpisalo for Tuesday's game in Minnesota.
The Blue Jackets reassigned Kivlenieks to AHL Cleveland on Sunday.
With the team getting Joonas Korpisalo back from a knee injury Sunday, the team had no need for three netminders. Kivlenieks was used sparingly at the NHL level this season, going 1-0-2 along with a 2.41 GAA and .907 save percentage in four appearances. Barring any injury setbacks, Kivlenieks will likely finish the 2019-20 season in the minors.
Kivlenieks stopped two of three shots after replacing Elvis Merzlikins early in the third period of Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Flyers.
The Jackets' backup goalie wasn't immune to the team's overall lethargy, getting beaten by a Jakub Voracek one-timer on a Philly power play. Kivlenieks has a respectable 2.41 GAA and .907 save percentage through four NHL games, but Joonas Korpisalo (knee) seems likely to return soon and bump Kivlenieks back to the AHL.
Kivlenieks stopped 23 of 27 shots in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to Buffalo.
Two of Kivlenieks' first three appearances at the NHL level have been overtime losses to the Sabres, and it might not be long before he's sent back down to the AHL with Joonas Korpisalo (knee) nearing a return. The 23-year-old Latvian allowed only one goal through two periods but fell apart after that, finishing with a single-game save percentage of just .852 and allowing two goals -- including the overtime winner -- to Victor Olofsson.
Kivlenieks will stand guard in net Thursday versus the Sabres in Buffalo, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Kivlenieks has performed well in his two previous instances in an NHL net, posting a 1.49 GAA and a .946 save percentage between them. In fact, his last start came in another road contest versus the Sabres, when he surrendered two goals on 24 shots in an overtime loss. He'll look for a better result this time around as he prepares for a Sabres club that has lost three of its last four home games.
As expected, the Blue Jackets recalled Kivlenieks from AHL Cleveland on Thursday.
Kivlenieks was sent down momentarily to start between the pipes for Cleveland against AHL Rochester on Wednesday, but he'll be on hand to serve as Elvis Merzlikins' backup against Detroit on Friday. The 23-year-old will return to the minors as soon as Joonas Korpisalo (knee) is ready to return.
Kivlenieks was demoted to the minors Wednesday.
Kivlenieks will likely be in action for AHL Cleveland on Wednesday and then could be brought back up to Columbus prior to Friday's matchup with Detroit. In two NHL outings, the 23-year-old has registered a 1-0-1 record and 1.49 GAA as the No. 2 option behind Elvis Merzlikins. Once Joonas Korpisalo (knee) is cleared to return, Kivlenieks figures to find himself in the minors for the rest of the 2019-20 campaign.
Kivlenieks turned aside 22 shots in Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Sabres.
Neither offense generated much pressure in a sluggish afternoon affair, but Jack Eichel was able to fire home the winner just 36 seconds into OT. Kivlenieks has had a strong start to his NHL career since being called up to caddy for Elvis Merzlikins, going 1-0-1 in two starts with a 1.49 GAA and .946 save percentage, but the 23-year-old will likely return to AHL Cleveland once Joonas Korpisalo (knee) is healthy.
Kivlenieks will tend the road twine Saturday versus the Sabres, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Kivlenieks won his first NHL start in convincing fashion, as he steered away 31 of 32 shots to beat the Rangers. With Joonas Korpisalo (lower body) still on the mend, Kivlenieks will get the first start of back-to-back games. The Sabres have been in a rut lately, too, as they've lost three straight and totaled four goals in that stretch.
Kivlenieks was promoted from the minors Thursday.
With the Blue Jackets heading into a back-to-back against Buffalo and Montreal on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, Kivlenieks could be in line for his second NHL start. The move to promote the Latvian likely means the Joonas Korpisalo (knee) will remain on the shelf for at least the next two games, if not longer.
Kivlenieks was reassigned to AHL Cleveland on Thursday.
With his teammates enjoying some time off, Kivlenieks will spend the All-Star break playing for the Monsters against AHL Toronto on Friday and/or Saturday. Considering the 23-year-old has played in just one game since his late December promotion, it wouldn't be a shock to see him play both ends of the minor-league club's back-to-back. With Joonas Korpisalo expected to be out until at least mid-February, Kivlenieks should be recalled ahead of Columbus' Feb. 1 matchup with Buffalo.
Kivlenieks stopped 31 of 32 shots in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Rangers.
Kivlenieks allowed a goal to Brady Skjei late in the first period, but his strong play over the final two periods allowed Oliver Bjorkstrand to pot a pair for the win. It's an excellent start to the 23-year-old's career. Kivlenieks may have to wait awhile for another NHL game, as Elvis Merzlikins has been one of the best netminders in the league while filling in for Joonas Korpisalo (knee).
Kivlenieks will guard the road crease for Sunday's contest against the Rangers, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Kivlenieks will start at the NHL level for the first time in his young career. The 23-year-old owns a 7-7-2 record with a .896 save percentage and 3.04 GAA in 16 AHL appearances this season. Elvis Merzlikins has posted shutouts in three of his last four outings, but Kivlenieks will be a risky play Sunday.
Kivlenieks is expected to start Sunday's game versus the Rangers, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Head coach John Tortorella is expected to confirm this report when he takes the podium at 5:35 p.m. ET. Elvis Merzlikins has taken the league by storm since Joonas Korpisalo suffered a knee injury, winning eight of 10 starts, including three shutouts. However, with the Blue Jackets playing their second game in as many nights, the 23-year-old Kivlenieks will get his shot in the blue paint. He'll be tough to roll out for fantasy purposes since he recorded an .896 save percentage over 16 AHL games this year.
Kivlenieks was recalled from AHL Cleveland on Thursday.
In order to get some ice time, Kivlenieks was sent down to the Monsters on Wednesday to suit up versus AHL Binghamton. The netminder made 34 saves on 37 shots in a losing effort. Heading into Thursday's matchup with Carolina, the Latvian figures to serve as the backup to Elvis Merzlikins.
Kivlenieks was reassigned to AHL Cleveland on Wednesday.
Since being called up in late January, Kivlenieks hasn't played in a game, so his demotion to the minors is likely designed to get him some ice time. The Monsters will suit up versus AHL Binghamton on Wednesday, so look for the Latvian to start in that contest. The Jackets may want to bring Kivlenieks back up ahead of Thursday's matchup with Carolina, which would set him up to get the nod during Columbus' upcoming back-to-back against New Jersey and New York on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
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