Merzlikins stopped six of eight shots before being replaced by Joonas Korpisalo to begin the second period during Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Senators.
Ottawa actually beat the rookie netminder a third time in the first period before Columbus coach John Tortorella had seen enough, but the goal was overturned on an offside review. Merzlikins remains winless on the year, sporting a 0-4-3 record in nine games after not being the goalie of record in this one, and his 3.41 GAA and .889 save percentage highlight his struggles.
Merzlikins will defend the road net in Saturday's matchup against the Senators, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Merzlikins will make his first start since Dec. 7, and he's still seeking his first NHL win. The 25-year-old has struggled to the tune of an .894 save percentage and 0-4-3 record, but Ottawa provides a solid opportunity to take the monkey off his back. The Senators have lost seven of their last eight games while averaging 2.33 goals per contest in that stretch.
Merzlikins made 23 saves Saturday in a 4-1 loss to Florida. He allowed three goals.
Elvis is still waiting to record his first NHL win -- he's 0-4-3 so far. The lovable Latvian plays hard, but hasn't been able to catch a break this season. No need to consider Merzlikins for fantasy use right now.
Merzlikins will start Saturday's game in Florida, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Merzlikins is still in search of his first NHL win, and he'll be tasked with trying to halt a three-game Blue Jackets losing streak. A top-five Panthers offense that's scoring 3.44 goals per game won't make life easy for the rookie goaltender.
Merzlikins stopped 25 shots in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Islanders.
The rookie netminder looked much more composed and gave the Jackets arguably his best performance of the season -- he had little chance on either goal, and made some big saves to keep his team within striking distance -- but Merzlikins remains winless on the year at 0-3-3. Remove his brutal seven-goal NHL debut from the equation, and the 25-year-old has a solid 2.68 GAA and .911 save percentage over his last six games.
Merzlikins is expected to start Saturday against the Islanders, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Merzlikins is still seeking his first NHL win, but the 25-year-old notched his first victory on North American soil in the minors Tuesday. With the Blue Jackets playing their second game in as many nights, Merzlikins will get another shot to achieve the feat. Merzlikins will take on a slumping Islanders squad, which has endured three straight losses and scored just two goals in that span.
Merzlikins was recalled from AHL Cleveland on Wednesday.
Merzlikins' demotion was always expected to be temporary, so it comes as no surprise that he's back up with the big club. The rookie backup is still searching for his first NHL win, as he's 0-2-3 with a 3.54 GAA and .890 save percentage through six appearances. Columbus has a back-to-back set coming up Friday and Saturday, so look for Merzlikins to start one of those games.
Columbus assigned Merzlikins to AHL Cleveland on Tuesday.
The Blue Jackets are only making this move to give Merzlikins the opportunity to make a few starts over the next few days, so he'll be back with the big club sooner rather than later.
Merzlikins gave up four goals on 31 shots in a 4-3 loss to Winnipeg on Saturday.
The 25-year-old was making his first start since Nov. 12 and stayed winless on the season, falling to 0-3-3. With a 3.54 GAA and .890 save percentage in his six appearances this season, Merzlikins likely hasn't show enough to bump Joonas Korpisalo from the starting role.
Merzlikins will start in the road crease for Saturday's matchup against the Jets, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Merzlikins will make his first start since Nov. 12 against the Canadiens, as starter Joonas Korpisalo has gone on a three-game win streak since then. The rookie is still seeking his first NHL victory, and he has an .894 overall save percentage thus far. The Jets, on the other hand, rank 25th in the league with 2.70 goals per game and 22nd with a 16.2 power-play percentage.
Merzlikins turned aside 30 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Canadiens.
For the third straight start -- a stretch dating back to Oct. 18 -- Merzlikins was able to earn a point for the Jackets, but the 25-year-old rookie remains winless so far in the NHL. Since getting shelled for seven goals in his first game he's looked much better, posting a 2.45 GAA and .919 save percentage in four appearances, but as yet coach John Tortorella hasn't been willing to entrust him with a bigger workload, instead giving a struggling Joonas Korpisalo multiple chances to lock down the No. 1 role. If he keeps playing well enough to keep his team in the game, though, Merzlikins' time could come.
Merzlikins will be between the pipes for Tuesday's road clash with Montreal, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Merzlikins has struggled to start the year, as he is 0-1-2 with a 3.91 GAA in four appearances. The netminder's poor run of form saw him dropped to AHL Cleveland, where he played in two games and notched a .933 save percentage. Whether the 25-year-old was able to rediscover his game should become apparent Tuesday, though at this point, it appear Joonas Korpisalo has cemented himself as the No. 1 option.
The Blue Jackets recalled Merzlikins from AHL Cleveland on Sunday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Merzlikins had an opportunity to fine-tune his craft in the minors while the Blue Jackets went on a short road trip. He made one minor-league start and steered away 28 of 30 shots but lost the contest. The Blue Jackets don't have any back-to-back games in the near future, so it's unsettled when Merzlikins will retake the crease with the big club.
Merzlikins was shipped down to AHL Cleveland on Wednesday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Merzlikins was expected to push Joonas Korpisalo for regular starts but has been limited to just four games, in which he's registered a 0-1-2 record and 3.91 GAA. The 25-year-old Merzlikins figures to get some game action in the minors and could be called back up before too long.
Merzlikins made 23 saves in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blues.
Making his first start since Oct. 18, Merzlikins was his usual scrambly self in net and didn't play badly as Columbus put together a 3-1 lead midway through the second period, but two subsequent penalties on Sonny Milano resulted in two power-play goals for St. Louis -- including David Perron's game-winner just eight seconds into OT. Merlikins is still looking for his first NHL win, going 0-1-2 with a 3.90 GAA and ,882 through his first four games.
Merzlikins will guard the goal during Friday's road game against the Blues, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Merzlikins hasn't played very well in limited action, posting an 0-1-1 record while registering a sub-par 3.87 GAA and .891 save percentage in three appearances. The Latvian backstop will attempt to earn his first victory of the season in a road matchup with a St. Louis squad that's only averaging 2.86 goals per game at home this campaign, 25th in the NHL.
Merzlikins turned aside all 19 shots he faced after replacing Joonas Korpisalo early in the second period of Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Oilers.
The 25-year-old has been used sparingly so far this season as the Jackets try to give Korpisalo a chance to settle into the No. 1 job, but Merzlikins looked much steadier than his counterpart in this one. If the rookie outplays Korpisalo again during a tough slate this weekend (at St. Louis on Friday, home to the Flames on Saturday), coach John Tortorella could start leaning on Merzlikins a little more often.
Merzlikins turned aside 30 shots in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Blackhawks.
The 25-year-old looked much better in his second career NHL game than he had in his first, as Merzlikins came up with a number of big saves just to earn a point for the Jackets. He still has a 4.99 GAA and .863 save percentage on the season, but Friday's effort should give Columbus coach John Tortorella a little more confidence in his No. 2 netminder.
Merzlikins will protect the road goal Friday in Chicago, Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.
Merzlikins' only other start of the season saw him allow seven goals on 40 shots in a loss to the Penguins. He's the clear backup to Joonas Korpisalo, who will likely handle the netminding duties back at home Saturday versus the Islanders.
Merzlikins stopped 33 of 40 shots in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Penguins.
After a scoreless first period, Merzlikins got besieged by the Penguins in the second as they scored five goals on 14 shots, at least three of which he arguably should have stopped. That said, the rookie also made some big saves even after the game seemed out of reach, so some jitters in his NHL debut were likely at play. Merzlikins will remain the Jackets' No. 2 netminder behind Joonas Korpisalo for now, but he has the talent to make a push for the top job later in the year if he makes a better showing in subsequent opportunities.
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