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Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Can't catch break
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 him for fantasy use right now.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Emil Bemstrom: Won't return after suffering UBI
Bemstrom (upper body) left and won't return to Saturday's game versus the Panthers.
Bemstrom was crosschecked near the end of the second period and forced to leave the game as a result. He played 7:18 before departing. Expect the Blue Jackets to issue an update on his status after Saturday's contest. Columbus' next game goes down Monday when it faces the Capitals in Washington.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Starting in Florida
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.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Zach Werenski: Placed on IR
The Blue Jackets placed Werenski (shoulder) on injured reserve Friday.
Werenski isn't expected to return until late December at the earliest, so this announcement doesn't come as a surprise. Dean Kukan is expected to take on a larger role while Werenski, who's notched six goals and 16 points in 26 games this campaign, is on the shelf.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Joonas Korpisalo: Light workload lapse
Korpisalo made 16 saves in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Thursday.
The ice was heavily titled into the New York end -- Columbus fired 47 shots at Alexandar Georgiev. Korpisalo only faced 19 and sometimes it's hard to stay focused with that little work. He's 1-3 in his last four starts.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Joonas Korpisalo: Gets starting nod Thursday
Korpisalo will be between the pipes at home versus the Rangers on Thursday, Alison Lukan of The Athletic reports.
Korpisalo registered a 2.71 GAA and .900 save percentage in his last three outings on the way to a 1-2-0 record. The young netminder needs just five more wins to match his career high of 16 from 2015-16. The Finn will look to bounce back with a win over a Rangers squad that is averaging just 29.2 shots (sixth-fewest in the league).... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Sonny Milano: Notches assist in defeat
Milano recorded an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
Milano remains bogged down in a 14-game goalless streak, but he has picked up two helpers in his last four outings. The winger got a look on the top line Tuesday and saw 2:08 of ice time with the man advantage. If he can maintain these two roles, the New York native could continue writing his name on the scoresheet.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Alexandre Texier: Scores goal against 'Yotes
Texier scored a goal on one shot versus Arizona on Tuesday.
Texier ended a five-game pointless streak with his fourth goal of the season. The center logged over 15 minutes for the first time since Nov. 15, a stretch of seven games, and he may be working his way back into coach John Tortorella's good graces. Given how streaky his scoring has been this year, fantasy owners may want to wait a little before inserting Texier into their lineups.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Dean Kukan: Pots first career goal
Kukan scored a power-play goal in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
The defenseman had yet to light the lamp in 62 career NHL games coming into Tuesday, but you'd never know it based on his first goal -- Kukan took a cross-ice pass from Sonny Milano as he skated in from the blue line, then sniped the top corner over Darcy Kuemper's shoulder with a wicked wrist shot from the circle. With Zach Werenski (shoulder) sidelined, the Jackets are still trying to determine their best power-play alignments, and Kukan manned the point with Ryan Murray on the second unit in this one. Given his success, expect him to keep seeing time with the man advantage despite his limited offensive resume.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Joonas Korpisalo: Cuffed by Coyotes
Korpisalo stopped 24 of 27 shots in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
Arizona's final goal was scored into an empty net. Korpisalo did his best work in the third period, making some huge saves to keep the game close, but the Jackets weren't able to come back from a two-goal deficit. The 25-year-old looked strong in November, going 6-4-0 through 10 starts with a 2.31 GAA and .919 save percentage, but he didn't find the same kind of success to kick off December.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Joonas Korpisalo: Starting against Arizona
Korpisalo will defend the blue paint during Tuesday's home clash with the Coyotes, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Korpisalo played well in his last start Friday against the Penguins, stopping 29 of 31 shots en route to a 5-2 victory. The 25-year-old Finn will look to stay sharp in a tough home matchup with an Arizona team that's 8-3-3 on the road this year.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Andrew Peeke: Summoned to big club
Peeke was recalled from AHL Cleveland on Monday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Peeke was called up with Zach Werenski (shoulder) out for several weeks. The 21-year-old blueliner has five goals and 12 points in 21 games with AHL Cleveland. He'll likely be an insurance body for the time being.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Markus Nutivaara: Works in no-contact capacity
Nutivaara (upper body) practiced with a no-contact jersey Monday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Following a report by Portzline on Sunday revealing there was no clear timeline for Nutivaara's return, the 24-year-old defenseman has made his next step in recovery. Nutivaara needs to elevate to full participation before being reinserted into the lineup, but it's realistic to project him to return within the next week or so. It comes at a crucial time since Zach Werenski (shoulder) is expected to miss four weeks.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Markus Nutivaara: No clear timeline for return
Nutivaara (upper body) still has no clear timeline to return, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
It's unlikely Nutivaara returns to the lineup this week, and his absence became more damaging following the report that Zach Werenski (shoulder) will miss the next four weeks. Nutivaara hasn't played since Nov. 5, and he's recorded two goals and zero assists through 10 contests.... See More ... See Less
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