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Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo to make season debut

Jan 30, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo (70) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo will start and his make his season debut in his native Finland on Saturday in the 2022 NHL Global Series against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Avalanche won the opener of the two-game series 6-3 on Friday in Tampere, Finland.

Korpisalo, from Pori, Finland, last played March 22, when he was sidelined by a hip injury and subsequent surgery. Combined with a lower-body injury earlier in the year, he played only 22 games and posted a 7-11-0 record with a 4.15 goals-against average and .877 save percentage.

“He’s a tremendous competitor,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said of the 28-year-old Korpisalo. “And he had surgery and worked himself back. A lot of a lot of hard hours in the gym and on the ice.”

A third-round draft pick by the Blue Jackets in 2012, Korpisalo has played in 182 games (164 starts) and has a 76-67-21 record with a 3.04 GAA and .902 save percentage.

“It’s great, and it’s been a long time coming,” Korpisalo told The Athletic. “Having surgery, rebabbing all summer, and then coming to training camp, wishing I was all good to go but realizing that I wasn’t quite there …

“I feel great right now.”

–Field Level Media