Columbus Blue Jackets put goalie Elvis Merzlikins on IR

By Field Level Media
Jan 28, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) makes a save in net against the Florida Panthers in the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Columbus Blue Jackets put goaltender Elvis Merzlikins on injured reserve Thursday after he suffered an upper-body injury in practice the day before.

Joonas Korpisalo will get the start Thursday night against Dallas.

The team added goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks to the roster from the club’s taxi squad, Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced. Merzlikins (2-2-1, 2.76 goals-against average, .913 save percentage) is considered day-to-day.

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Merzlikins, 26, made his NHL debut in 2019-20, finishing with a 13-9-8 record, 2.35 GAA, .923 SV% and five shutouts in 33 appearances.

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–Field Level Media