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Columbus Blue Jackets

Fantasy Stats
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Key Stats
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Player Updates

August 21, 2020 05:16 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Dealing with groin issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

According to general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, Merzlikins suffered a groin injury during the qualifying round but he would have been back for Game 6 or 7 of Columbus' first-round series against Tampa Bay, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.

Even if Merzlikins was deemed fully fit, he would have been hard-pressed to unseat Joonas Korpisalo for the starting role. Still, heading into next season, the duo could find themselves competing for minutes during training camp or possibly even dividing the workload evenly.

August 19, 2020 11:16 AM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Still sidelined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins (undisclosed) isn't in the projected lineup for Wednesday's Game 5 against Tampa Bay.

Merzlikins will miss a sixth straight game Wednesday and remains without a projected timetable for his return. Even once healthy, the 26-year-old Latvian will likely have to settle for a backup role, as Joonas Korpisalo has been strong in goal for the Blue Jackets since taking over as the team's starter.

August 17, 2020 02:48 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Shelved again Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins (undisclosed) will once again be scratched versus the Lightning for Game 4 on Monday.

Even if fully fit, Merzlikins was unlikely to see much in terms of ice time, though he was given a start during the play-in round against Toronto. Still, with starter Joonas Korpisalo still rolling, coach John Tortorella was unlikely to make another netminding change any time soon. It will be Matiss Kivlenieks who slots in as the No. 2 option Monday.

August 15, 2020 07:20 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Not gearing up Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins (undisclosed) won't suit up for Saturday's Game 3 matchup versus the Lightning.

Merzlikins will watch from the press box as Matiss Kivlenieks backs up a red-hot Joonas Korpisalo. There's no clear timeline for Merzlikins' return, but even when he's ready, Korpisalo would need a serious implosion to cede his starting duties.

August 13, 2020 02:28 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Won't dress Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins (undisclosed) will remain out of the lineup against the Lightning for Game 2 on Thursday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.

The Jackets haven't provided much in terms of an update on Merzlikins other than to say he was unfit to play. The netminder was unlikely to get into Thursday's contest anyway given the performance of Joonas Korpisalo in Game 1. For now, the club will roll with Matiss Kivlenieks as the No. 2 option.

August 10, 2020 01:40 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Remains unavailable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins (undisclosed) was ruled out ahead of Tuesday's Game 1 clash with Tampa Bay, Alison Lukan of The Athletic reports.

Coach John Tortorella told reporters he didn't have a timeline for when Merzlikins might be back in action. With the 25-year-old Latvian on the shelf, the Jackets will continue to roll with Joonas Korpisalo, who went 2-1-0 with a 1.45 GAA and two shutouts in four play-in round clashes with Toronto.

August 9, 2020 02:40 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Unfit to play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins (undisclosed) won't dress for Sunday's Game 5 versus Toronto, Alison Lukan of The Athletic reports.

Merzlikins looked fine throughout Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs, so it isn't clear what kind of issue he's dealing with ahead of Sunday's must-win Game 5. For now, Joonas Korpisalo will take over as the Blue Jackets' No. 1 netminder.

August 8, 2020 12:28 AM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Late collapse leads to OT loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins allowed four goals on 53 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs in Game 4.

Merzlikins was riding a shutout until the Maple Leafs scored thrice over the last four minutes of regulation. The collapse was completed by Auston Matthews' power-play goal in overtime. Make no mistake -- Merzlikins faced a lot of pucks Friday. The Latvian's late collapse opens the door for Joonas Korpisalo to potentially start the decisive Game 5 on Sunday.

August 7, 2020 12:12 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Tending twine Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins will defend the cage for Friday's Game 4 clash with Toronto, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

After coming into Thursday's Game 3 in relief of Joonas Korpisalo, Merzlikins will get the starting nod Friday. The Latvian netminder was perfect in his relief performance, stopping all 21 shots he faced on his way to an overtime victory. If Merzlikins completes the series upset over the Maple Leafs on Friday, he figures to continue commanding the crease in the next round.

August 6, 2020 11:40 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Backstops comeback win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins stopped all 21 shots he faced in relief of Joonas Korpisalo in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win in Game 3 versus the Maple Leafs.

Merzlikins' entry into the game was a turning point, as the Blue Jackets erased a three-goal deficit to force overtime. Pierre-Luc Dubois then completed the franchise's first playoff hat trick in the extra period to finish the comeback. With a strong performance under his belt in his playoff debut, it'll be interesting to see if the 26-year-old Latvian draws the start for Game 4 on Friday.

April 23, 2020 08:28 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Lands two-year extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins signed a two-year, $8 million contract extension with the Blue Jackets on Thursday.

Merzlikins has been fantastic in limited action this season, compiling a 13-9-8 record while posting a 2.35 GAA, .923 save percentage and five shutouts in 33 appearances. The 26-year-old Latvian will likely split time with Joonas Korpisalo to start the 2020-21 campaign or finish whatever is left of the 2019-20 campaign, but it would hardly be surprising to see him emerge as Columbus' clear-cut No.1 netminder if and when Korpisalo begins to struggle.

March 9, 2020 01:04 AM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Strong return to starting duty
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins allowed only one goal on 27 shots in a 2-1 win over the Canucks on Sunday.

Merzlikins kept the Canucks off the board for two periods before Elias Pettersson scored in the third. Prior to a concussion that cost Merzlikins four games, the Latvian goal has posted a 0-3-4 record with 22 goals allowed in eight appearances. He improved to 13-9-8 with a 2.35 GAA and a .923 save percentage. Merzlikins and Joonas Korpisalo should continue split starts down the stretch unless one of the two netminders gets hot.

March 9, 2020 03:08 AM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Tending twine Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins will draw the road start for Sunday's matchup against the Canucks.

Merzlikins will make his first start since missing four games with a concussion. The 25-year-old has been solid in his first full NHL season, accumulating a 12-9-8 record along with a 2.39 GAA and .922 save percentage in 32 appearances. Merzlikins will draw a tough matchup against a Vancouver offense that ranks eighth in the league in goals per game (3.27).

March 8, 2020 11:12 AM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Dressed for Saturday's contest
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins (concussion) will serve as his team's backup Saturday against Edmonton, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.

Merzlikins missed four games because of a concussion, but he'll return Saturday to back up Joonas Korpisalo. Columbus plays again Sunday, against the Canucks, and there's a good chance Merzlikins will get the starting nod in Vancouver.

March 2, 2020 02:40 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Traveling with team
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins (concussion) joined the team for its three-game road trip, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.

Barring any setbacks, Merzlikins could get back between the pipes during the team's upcoming back-to-back versus Edmonton and Vancouver on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Heading into the final stretch of the season, the Latvian figures to split the workload with Joonas Korpisalo.

March 1, 2020 05:16 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Out Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins (concussion) will not play Sunday against the Canucks, Alison Lukan of The Athletic reports.

Joonas Korpisalo will get the starting nod for Sunday's contest while Matiss Kivlenieks serves in a backup role. It's unclear how long Merzlikins will be out; concussion-related injuries can be finicky and fog up return timelines. His next chance to play will be Wednesday in Calgary.

February 29, 2020 08:28 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Diagnosed with concussion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

According to Alison Lukan of The Athletic, Merzlikins was diagnosed with a concussion Saturday.

Merzlikins was absent from practice Friday with the team offering no details on why the netminder wasn't able to participate. Now we know it's because he is recovering from a concussion, but it's believed to be minor in severity. While Merzlikins hasn't been officially ruled out for Sunday's game, it seems unlikely that the team will start him and risk further injury.

February 28, 2020 11:44 AM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Missing from practice Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins (undisclosed) wasn't on the ice for Friday's game-day skate, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports, indicating he won't be available to back up Joonas Korpisalo versus Minnesota.

The Jackets have yet to provide any details on the nature of Merzlikins' injury, but the fact that he isn't practicing with the team yet doesn't bode well for a short-term absence. The netminder has appeared in 22 of his team's last 25 contests, posting a 12-5-4 record and 2.02 GAA. Once cleared to return, Merzlikins figures to split the netminding duties with Korpisalo down the stretch.

February 25, 2020 04:32 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Not expected to dress against Wild
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins (undisclosed) isn't in the projected lineup for Tuesday's matchup with Minnesota, NHL.com's Jessi Pierce reports.

Merzlikins exited Monday's win over the Senators with an undisclosed injury and will miss at least one game as a result. Matiss Kivlenieks will take over as Columbus' No. 2 netminder until Merzlikins is ready to return.

February 25, 2020 03:32 AM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Exits game Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins was forced to leave Monday's start against the Senators after colliding with Anthony Duclair.

Merzlikins was on the wrong end of the collision after he stopped Duclair on a breakaway, and the netminder appeared to hit his head on the post after losing his mask. The 25-year-old left after stopping 17 of 19 shots and was replaced by Joonas Korpisalo in what was his first NHL action since Dec. 29. With the Blue Jackets facing a back-to-back Tuesday against Minnesota, expect a word on Merzlikins' health ahead of puck drop.

Last 7 Games
DateOpponentResultWLOTLGASVSA
08/07vs TORL 3-4 (OT)144953
08/06vs TORW 4-3 (OT)102121
03/08@ VANW 2-1112627
02/24vs OTTW 4-3 (OT)21618
02/22@ NSHL 3-4 (SO)133336
02/20vs PHIL 3-4 (OT)142933
02/18@ PHIL 1-514812
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Career Stats
SeasonteamGPWLOTLMINSGASOGAASSPCTAPIM
2019-20CLB33139818157152.358480.9200
2018-190000000.0000.0000
Total33139818157152.358480.9200
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/181
Birthdate:
04/13/1994
Age:
26
Hometown:
Riga, Latvia
Team:
Columbus Blue Jackets
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