Merzlikins made 30 saves in Wednesday's 4-2 win over Nashville.
After falling in overtime Monday, Merzlikins rebounded with a stronger performance in the rematch, shutting the door in the third period to pull off the upset. He's gone without a regulation loss in his last five starts, which is impressive given Columbus' recent tailspin, but Merzlikins' 2-0-3 record in that span isn't bringing home any fantasy championships.
Merzlikins made 34 saves in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Predators.
The 27-year-old was perfect in the first and third periods, but it was the other 20-plus minutes that were the problem. Merzlikins hasn't lost in regulation in his last four starts but only has a 1-0-3 record over that stretch, and on the season he carries a 2.80 GAA and .916 save percentage.
Merzlikins will be between the pipes for Monday's home clash with Nashville, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Merzlikins will be making his fifth consecutive appearance in the crease despite having registered just one win in his previous 11 games. Over that stretch, the 27-year-old netminder is sporting a 2.80 GAA and .915 save percentage, not exactly terrible numbers considering the lack of wins. With Joonas Korpisalo (lower body) done for the year, Merzlikins figures to get the majority of the starts to close out what has no doubt been a disappointing season in Columbus.
Merzlikins made 31 saves in Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Hurricanes.
After the teams traded goals in the first period, Merzlikins became locked in a goaltending duel with Alex Nedeljkovic until the Columbus netminder was beaten by Dougie Hamilton in the final minute of OT. Merzlikins is only 1-1-2 over his last four starts despite giving up no more than two goals in any of them, and the hot streak has left him with a 2.75 GAA and .917 save percentage on the season.
Merzlikins will defend the blue paint during Saturday's road game versus the Hurricanes, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Merzlikins was unbeatable in his last start Tuesday against Detroit, turning aside all 41 shots he faced en route to his seventh win and second shutout of the season. He'll try to secure a second straight victory in a rough road matchup with a Carolina club that's 17-3-4 at home this year.
Merzlikins stopped all 41 shots and both shootout attempts in Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Red Wings.
The Jackets needed a heroic effort from someone to snap their long losing streak, and Merzlikins was the man for the job. He made some huge saves in OT, including two on a frustrated Jakub Vrana, to record his second shutout of the season. Merzlikins has a 2.80 GAA and .916 save percentage on the season, and with Joonas Korpisalo (lower body) ruled out for the rest of the year, Merzlikins should see a heavy workload down the stretch.
Merzlikins will patrol the crease during Tuesday's home game versus the Red Wings, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Joonas Korpisalo (lower body) won't return this season, so Merzlikins could be in for a heavy workload down the stretch. The 27-year-old Merzlikins played pretty well in his last start Thursday against Tampa Bay, stopping 25 of 27 shots, but he ultimately suffered his 15th loss of the season due to weak goal support from his teammates. He'll try to snap his personal eight-game losing streak in a favorable home matchup with a Detroit team that's 6-15-3 on the road this year.
Merzlikins gave up one goal on eight shots in Sunday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Lightning.
Joonas Korpisalo (lower body) exited the game after giving up the Lightning's third goal. Merzlikins did well to keep the game tied, but he allowed a goal to Victor Hedman just 10 seconds into overtime. The 27-year-old Merzlikins has a 6-12-3 record with a 2.94 GAA and a .910 save percentage in 24 games. Depending on the severity of Korpisalo's injury, Merzlikins could be in line for the bulk of the starts over the final two weeks of the season.
Merzlikins made 25 saves in a 3-1 loss to the Lightning on Thursday. He allowed two goals.
The pressure of a bad season is clearly getting to the young netminder. "I'm tired of losing the games," Merzlikins said after the game. "I know we're trying, but this is getting embarrassing. It is what it is. I'm going to be honest with you, it's painful sitting in that locker room." Merzlikins will be a tough play until season's end. The Jackets need a fresh start.
Merzlikins will defend the blue paint during Thursday's road game versus the Lightning, Alison Lukan of The Athletic reports.
Merzlikins played well in his last start Monday against Florida, stopping 35 of 38 shots, but he ultimately suffered his 13th loss of the season due to insufficient goal support from his teammates. The 27-year-old netminder will attempt to snap his personal six-game losing streak in a rough road matchup with a Tampa Bay team that's 17-6-0 at home this year.
Merzlikins stopped 35 of 38 shots in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Panthers.
Florida's final goal was scored into an empty net. Merzlikins has lost his last six starts but the Jackets have only scored 14 goals in those games, giving him little margin for error. On the season, the 27-year-old has a 2.98 GAA and .910 save percentage.
Merzlikins will start Monday in Florida, Blue Jackets insider Jeff Svoboda reports.
Merzlikins gets the nod after Joonas Korpisalo was pulled from the team's last game Saturday against the Stars, though Korpisalo will most likely get the nod Tuesday when the Jackets and Panthers complete their back-to-back set. Elvis hasn't exactly put on a very good show of late, winning only once in his last eight decisions. Getting back on track against Florida's 11th-ranked offense (3.16 goals per game) will be no easy task.
Merzlikins allowed a goal on 16 shots in relief of Joonas Korpisalo in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Stars.
Merzlikins was slightly more effective than Korpisalo, but that's likely due to the Stars taking it easy in the third period. The 27-year-old Merzlikins remains at 6-10-2 with a 2.97 GAA and a .910 save percentage through 21 appearances. Neither of the Blue Jackets' goalies have done much to demand more playing time lately. A tough matchup awaits with a back-to-back versus the Panthers on Monday and Tuesday.
Merzlikins surrendered four goals on 31 shots in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Stars.
Merzlikins' struggles persisted even as the Blue Jackets struck first Thursday. Over the final 24 minutes of the game, Merzlikins allowed all four goals. The 27-year-old netminder dropped to 6-10-2 with a 2.99 GAA and a .909 save percentage in 20 appearances. The Latvian will likely continue to share the crease with Joonas Korpisalo down the stretch.
Merzlikins will guard the road goal during Thursday's game versus the Stars, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Merzlikins has struggled over the past two weeks, suffering four straight losses while posting a sub-par 3.72 GAA and .883 save percentage. He'll try to get back on track in a road matchup with a Dallas team that's averaging 3.00 goals per game at home this campaign, 17th in the NHL.
Merzlikins made 24 saves in a 4-3 loss to Chicago on Saturday.
Merzlikins has lost four straight and the Jackets have all but thrown in the towel on the season -- they've traded Riley Nash and David Savard in the last few days, and the Pierre-Luc Dubois trade has been a miss. They will struggle going forward and Merzlikins will need to stand on his head to earn wins.
Merzlikins will guard the home cage during Saturday's matchup with the Blackhawks, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Merzlikins was solid in his last start April 1 against Tampa Bay, stopping 31 of 34 shots, but he ultimately suffered his 10th loss of the season due to insufficient goal support from his teammates. He'll attempt to snap his three-game losing streak in a home matchup with a Chicago club that's 7-10-3 on the road this year.
Merzlikins made a relief appearance Thursday, setting aside 21 of 24 shots in a 6-4 loss to the Lightning.
Merzlikins had been yanked from his own start versus the Panthers on Saturday, but he was given the opportunity to relieve a struggling Joonas Korpisalo in the Blue Jackets' latest contest. While Columbus sparked a miniature rally with Merzlikins in the cage, the Bolts still managed to put the puck past him three times at even strength. Still, Merzlikins possesses decent ratios, including a 2.86 GAA and a .914 save percentage.
Merzlikins was pulled after two periods Saturday after making 21 saves against the Panthers. He left the game with the score 3-0 and took the loss.
The Panthers eventually won 5-2. Merzlikins allowed those three goals in a 4:50 span early in the second. He was replaced by Joonas Korpisalo. Elvis is 3-4-1 in his last eight starts dating back to March 11, but the wins came against the Bolts, Canes and Stars. Glimpses of greatness, coupled with some tough luck and a struggling team, make Merzlikins a risky activation.
Merzlikins will patrol the crease during Saturday's road matchup with the Panthers, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Merzlikins was decent in his last start Thursday against Tampa Bay, turning aside 31 of 34 shots, but he ultimately suffered his eighth loss of the season due to insufficient goal support from his teammates. The 26-year-old netminder will try to get back in the win column in a tough road matchup with a red-hot Panthers team that's won four straight contests.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/05||vs NSH||W 4-2||1||2||30||32|
|05/03||vs NSH||L 3-4 (OT)||1||4||34||38|
|05/01||@ CAR||L 1-2 (OT)||1||2||31||33|
|04/27||vs DET||W 1-0 (SO)||1||0||41||41|
|04/25||@ TB||L 3-4 (OT)||1||1||7||8|
|04/22||@ TB||L 1-3||1||2||25||27|
|04/19||@ FLA||L 2-4||1||3||35||38|
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