Columbus Blue Jackets activate goalie Elvis Merzlikins

By Field Level Media
Jan 23, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) sprays water onto his face prior to the start of the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Columbus Blue Jackets activated goaltender Elvis Merzlikins off injured reserve and recalled defenseman Andrew Peeke from the taxi squad, the team announced Thursday.

Merzlikins had missed the Blue Jackets’ last three games since sustaining an upper-body injury in practice on Feb. 3.

The 26-year-old Latvian owns a 2-2-1 record with a 2.76 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in six games (five starts) this season.

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Merzlikins sports a 15-11-9 mark with five shutouts, a 2.41 GAA and .921 save percentage in 39 career appearances (36 starts) since being selected by Columbus in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Peeke, who turns 23 next month, has recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in 22 career games since the Blue Jackets picked him in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

–Field Level Media