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Columbus Blue Jackets

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January 19, 2020 05:24 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Hotter than the sun
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins made 41 saves in a 5-0 win over the Devils on Saturday.

Wow -- that's his third shutout in four games. Merzlikins is white hot. He is 4-0-0, with a 0.50 GAA and a .985 save percentage in those four games. And he's 8-2-0 with three shutouts, a 1.51 GAA and .955 save percentage in his past 10 starts since replacing the injured Joonas Korpisalo. Saturday, he stopped 21 pucks in the first period alone and dominated the Devils, who carried the play most of the night. It may be hard for Korpisalo to win the starter's role back once he's healthy.

January 18, 2020 05:52 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Looks to stay hot vs. Devils
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins will defend the home net in Saturday's matchup versus the Devils, Alison Lukan of The Athletic reports.

Merzlikins will make his 10th straight start since Joonas Korpisalo (lower body) remains on the mend. After going winless over his first seven NHL decisions, Merzlikins has been the talk of the league after Korpisalo's injury, going 7-2-0 with a .949 save percentage. The Devils are still bottom dwellers in the standings, but they have been decent in January with three goals per game.

January 16, 2020 11:16 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Has come a long way
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins made 32 saves in a 3-2 win over Carolina on Thursday.

Man, has he come a long way. At the beginning of the season, The Jackets weren't sure what they had in Merzlikins, who didn't win a game until Dec. 31. Since then, Elvis has rung up a remarkable 7-2 run and he's 7-2-1 in 10 games since he took the starter's reins. Make sure you take full advantage of this run.

January 15, 2020 03:36 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Blue-paint bound Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins will get the home start Thursday versus the Hurricanes, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.

Korpisalo has been dynamite since Joonas Korpisalo went down with a knee injury, as he's coming off back-to-back shutouts and has recorded a .950 save percentage and a 6-2-0 record since the injury. If he's available in season-long leagues, he won't be for long, and he'll likely retain at least a 1B role, if not the 1A, when Korpisalo returns. The Hurricanes are 12-9-2 on the road this season and have averaged 2.96 goals per game.

January 15, 2020 12:16 AM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Blanks Boston for second shutout
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins turned aside all 34 shots he faced in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Bruins.

The 25-year-old rookie looks like a completely different netminder than the nervous wreck who coughed up seven goals in his NHL debut in early October. Merlikins was confident and composed in this one, and while the Jackets' defense kept Bruins' attackers out of high-danger areas for the most part, he came up big when he needed to, making a huge blocker save on a partial break by Charlie Coyle early in the third period when Columbus was clinging to a 1-0 lead. Merzlikins has now recorded shutouts in back-to-back games while going 6-2-0 with a dazzling 1.64 GAA and .950 save percentage over eight straight starts. Given Merzlikins' current form, there's no guarantee Joonas Korpisalo (knee) will get his starting job back once he gets healthy.

January 14, 2020 11:32 AM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Taking on Boston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

Merzlikins was unbeatable in his last start Saturday against the Golden Knights, stopping all 27 shots he faced en route to a 3-0 victory and the first shutout of his career. The 25-year-old backstop will need to stay sharp in order to pick up a second straight win Tuesday, as he'll be facing a Boston club that's averaging 3.48 goals per game on the road this campaign, fourth in the NHL.

January 12, 2020 12:44 AM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Earns first career shutout
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins turned in a 27-save shutout in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Golden Knights.

It was the best performance by an Elvis in Vegas in decades, to say the least. Merzlikins now has a 5-6-4 record with a 2.70 GAA and a .915 save percentage in 17 appearances this season. He's pretty much locked in as the Blue Jackets' No. 1 with Joonas Korpisalo (knee) out. Expect Merzlikins to start again at home versus the Bruins on Tuesday.

January 12, 2020 12:48 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Gets Golden Knights on Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins will start Saturday's road contest in Vegas, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.

He lost Jan. 9, allowing three goals on 33 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Sharks, but Merzlikins is 4-2-0 with a 2.20 GAA and .935 save percentage over his last six appearances. Vegas comes in with a 5-4-1 record in its last 10, including losses in its last two contests. Merzlikins has made nine appearances versus Western Conference teams, posting a 2-3-3 record in 2019-20.

January 10, 2020 02:36 AM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Gives up three goals in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins surrendered three goals on 33 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Sharks on Thursday.

Merzlikins wasn't bad, but he wasn't good enough to win. The 25-year-old slipped to 4-6-4 with a 2.89 GAA and a .910 save percentage through 16 appearances this season. He's 4-2-0 with 13 goals allowed in six starts since Joonas Korpisalo (knee) got hurt -- Merzlikins is worth a short-term look for fantasy owners given his recent form.

January 10, 2020 01:08 AM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: In goal versus Sharks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins will be in the crease against San Jose on the road Thursday, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.

Merzlikins will be making his sixth consecutive appearance between the pipes for the Jackets, having posted a 4-1-0 record and 2.01 GAA in the previous five contests. Until Joonas Korpisalo (knee) is cleared to play, Merzlikins figures to continue holding down the fort.

January 8, 2020 12:40 AM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Racks up another win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins stopped 37 of 40 shots in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Ducks.

Merzlikins was busy in the second game of a back-to-back, but he got his fourth win in his last five starts. The Latvian goalie is up to 4-5-4 with a 2.87 GAA and a .910 save percentage in 15 games. He's been locked in as the primary starter since Joonas Korpisalo suffered a knee injury. Expect Merzlikins to go again Thursday in San Jose.

January 7, 2020 08:52 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Starting back-to-back
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins will draw the road start for Tuesday's game against the Ducks, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.

Merzlikins has been busy his past four games filling in for the injured Joonas Korpisalo (knee), as he's coming off a 35-save effort in Monday's 4-2 win over the Kings. In his past four starts, Merzlikins is 3-1-0 to go along with a 1.76 GAA and .945 save percentage. The 25-year-old will face a great matchup against a Ducks offense that ranks 30th in the league in goals per game this campaign (2.52).

January 7, 2020 02:04 AM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Strong in another win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins allowed two goals on 37 shots in Monday's 4-2 win over the Kings.

Merzlikins' recent success continued in a strong win. He's now won three of four starts since Joonas Korpisalo went down with a knee injury. Merzlikins improved to 3-5-4 with a 2.86 GAA and a .908 save percentage in 14 appearances this season. It's unclear if the Latvian will start back-to-back games or if Matiss Kivlenieks will make his NHL debut versus the Ducks on Tuesday.

January 8, 2020 12:20 AM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Guarding cage Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins will patrol the road crease for Monday's game against the Kings, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.

No surprise here, as Merzlikins will start his fourth straight contest for the Blue Jackets. He's been terrific over his last three outings, going 2-1-0 with a .945 save percentage and 1.68 GAA. Merzlikins will continue getting the bulk of the work while Joonas Korpisalo faces a lengthy absence.

January 4, 2020 06:40 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Tough-luck loss Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins turned aside 25 shots in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Sharks.

The 25-year-old came up with some huge stops to keep Columbus in the game, and Merzlikins was also the victim of some sloppy play in front of him -- San Jose's first goal came on a bad pass by Sonny Milano that cleared the attacking zone completely and set up Barclay Goodrow for a breakaway, while the second came on an odd-man rush created by a bad Jackets line change. Merzlikins now carries a 2.94 GAA and .904 save percentage on the season.

January 4, 2020 02:32 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Looks to stay hot versus Sharks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins will tend the home twine in Saturday's matchup against the Sharks, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.

Merzlikins lost 10 straight decisions before Joonas Korpisalo went down with a knee injury. The 25-year-old Merzlikins has played well since then, under the pressure of being the No. 1 netminder, winning two straight games and posting a .968 save percentage between the contests. The Sharks are in a long cold spell, as they've lost 11 of their last 14 outings.

January 2, 2020 09:36 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Stepping up at right time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins made 25 saves in a 2-1 overtime win over the Bruins on Thursday night.

The talented Latvian has long had a reputation as a clutch twinetender and was considered one of the best non-NHL goaltenders in the world heading into the season. But Merzlikins hadn't really shown that until Joonas Korpisalo got hurt. This could be the moment he needed to show he's worthy of that reputation ... and fantasy ownership. He has now won two straight.

January 2, 2020 01:56 PM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Patrolling crease Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins will be in goal on the road versus Boston on Thursday, Matt Kalman of NHL.com reports.

Merzlikins will be making consecutive appearances in net for just the second time this season. The Latvian is coming off a 36-save victory over Florida on New Years Eve and will looking to continue racking up wins with Joonas Korpisalo (knee) on the shelf.

January 1, 2020 12:20 AM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Career-high 36 saves
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins stopped 36 of 37 shots in a 4-1 win over Florida on Tuesday.

Merzlikins was making his first start since Dec. 14 and responded with his first victory of the season. He couldn't have picked a better time to turn in such a performance with starter Joonas Korpisalo (knee) out for 4-6 weeks. Merzlikins is 1-4-4 in his rookie season with a 3.14 GAA and .900 save percentage and will get a chance to carry the load for Columbus.

December 31, 2019 10:56 AM
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Gets starting nod against Panthers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merzlikins will be between the pipes at home for Tuesday's matchup with Florida, Alison Lukan of The Athletic reports.

Merzlikins will make his first start since Dec. 14 against Ottawa, a game in which he gave up two goals on eight shots before getting the hook. The Latvian should get plenty of work in the new year, as starter Joonas Korpisalo (knee) is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/181
Birthdate:
4/13/1994
Age:
25
Hometown:
Riga, Latvia
Team:
Columbus Blue Jackets
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