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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Merzlikins will be stationed between the pipes for Monday's home contest against Ottawa, Alison Lukan of The Athletic reports.
Merzlikins will make his sixth consecutive start for the Blue Jackets, and he's trying to shake off a seven-game losing streak. During that span, he's recorded an .892 save percentage and 2.90 GAA alongside an 0-3-4 record. Joonas Korpisalo (knee) was activated off injured reserve and will back up Merzlikins on Monday.
Merzlikins made 33 saves in a 4-3 shootout loss to Nashville on Saturday night.
Merzlikins hasn't won since Feb. 7, a span where he has gone 0-3-4. But despite the current skid, the Blue Jackets remain in a dogfight for a wild card berth. Joonas Korpisalo has been sent to the AHL for conditioning as he works back from injury. Merzlikins has performed admirably, but watch for Korpisalo to slot back in quickly as the playoffs loom.
Merzlikins will start Saturday on the road against the Predators, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Since beginning the month with three straight wins, Merzlikins has gone 0-3-3 with an .887 save percentage and 2.92 GAA. The Blue Jackets' netminder has struggled away from home this season, at 5-6-4, so a road game in Nashville isn't the best matchup to trust the struggling Latvian with.
Merzlikins made 29 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Flyers on Thursday.
The bubble has burst for the mercurial Latvian -- either that or he's caught in an uncontrolled skid. Merzlikins has gone 0-3-3 in his last six starts and his last three have been especially tough -- he has allowed 11 goals in those three contests. He'll find his feet soon enough, but Merzlikins' slump couldn't come at a worse time for fantasy owners as they push toward a title. Give him a rest until he warms a bit.
Merzlikins will guard the cage during Thursday's home game versus Philadelphia, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Merzlikins has struggled recently, suffering back-to-back losses while posting an ugly 3.87 GAA and .816 save percentage. The 25-year-old Latvian will try to bounce back in a home matchup with a Flyers club that hasn't been great on the road this year, having posted a 13-15-3 record through 31 away contests.
Merzlikins stopped eight of 12 shots before being replaced by Matiss Kivlenieks early in the third period during Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Flyers.
It simply wasn't the netminder's night -- two pucks beat him within the first five minutes of the game on a couple of bad bounces and fluky plays, and the Jackets never seemed to recover. Merzlikins hadn't allowed more than three goals in an outing since Nov. 23, but this loss extends his winless streak to five games (0-3-2). On the season, Elvis still sports a 2.29 GAA and .924 save percentage.
Merzlikins will be between the pipes on the road versus Philadelphia on Tuesday, Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.
Merzlikins is stuck in a four-game losing streak despite posting a 2.23 GAA and .914 save percentage in those outings. The netminder is in the unfortunate position of being backed up by an offense that is scoring a mere 2.58 goals per game (fourth-fewest in the league). In his 12 wins this year, the 25-year-old has posted five shutouts, and he may have to put the team on his back to win this one.
Merzlikins made 23 saves in a 4-3 shootout loss to New Jersey on Sunday.
Merzlikins looked to be in good shape with a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes, but the Devils rallied with three straight in the middle frame before eventually pulling out the win in extra time. It was the fourth straight loss for Merzlikins immediately following his eight-game winning streak. He owns a reasonable .914 save percentage during his current losing streak, indicating there hasn't been a steep drop-off in his performance. He'll try getting back into the win column Tuesday at Philadelphia.
Merzlikins will defend the road net against the Devils on Sunday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Merzlikins has recorded three straight losses to no fault of his own, as he allowed exactly two goals in each game while accruing a .924 save percentage. The Devils have been playing well lately, winning three of the last five, but they just traded blueliner Andy Greene to New York and 20-goal scorer Blake Coleman is expected to be out of the lineup. providing some relief for Merzlikins.
Merzlikins made 25 saves in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Rangers.
New York's final goal was scored into an empty net. The Merzlikins magic has faded a little, but he still came up with plenty of acrobatic stops to keep the Jackets in this one. The rookie goalie is 0-2-1 in his last three starts but only allowed two goals in each outing, and on the season he still boasts a dazzling 2.18 GAA and .930 save percentage.
Merzlikins will guard the home crease Friday versus the Rangers, Alison Lukan of The Athletic reports.
Merzlikins got a well-deserved night off in the front end of a back-to-back set Thursday versus the Sabres but will get back at it Friday as the team returns home. Despite taking losses in each of his last two starts, the rookie netminder allowed just two goals in each contest and has allowed just four total over the past four games. He gets the Rangers at a tough time, as the opposition has tallied four goals in each of its last three games, all wins.
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