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Jackets recall goalie Matiss Kivlenieks, assign Elvis Merzlikins to Cleveland Monsters

NOVEMBER 26, 2019

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks from the Cleveland Monsters, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, and assigned goaltender Elvis Merzlikins to Cleveland.

 

Kivlenieks, 23, is 6-1-2 with a 2.51 goals-against average and .903 save percentage in nine games with the Monsters in 2019-20.  The Riga, Latvia native has posted a 24-26-7 record, 3.20 GAA, .889 SV% and two shutouts in 66 career AHL outings with Cleveland since making his professional debut in 2017-18.

 

Signed by Columbus to an entry level contract on May 25, 2017, he was named the United States Hockey League Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year in 2016-17 after leading the Sioux City Musketeers to the Anderson Cup (regular season championship) with a 36-7-6 record, 1.85 GAA, .932 SV% and five shutouts.

 

Merzlikins, 25, made his NHL debut on October 5 at Pittsburgh and is 0-2-3 with a 3.54 GAA and .890 SV% in six outings with the Blue Jackets this season.  He also made his AHL debut with the Monsters on November 8 vs. Laval, stopping 28-of-30 shots in a 2-1 loss.

 

A native of Riga, Latvia, Merzlikins posted a 105-79-7 record with a 2.68 GAA and .920 SV% in 210 career games with HC Lugano in the Swiss League (NLA) from 2013-19 and won the Jacques Plante Trophy as the league’s Goaltender of the Year in 2015-16 and 2017-18.  The Jackets’ third round pick, 76th overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft went 22-18-0 with a 2.44 GAA, .921 SV% and a career-high five shutouts in 43 outings with HC Lugano in 2018-19.

 

The Blue Jackets return to action on Wednesday when they host the Philadelphia Flyers.  Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET.  The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Ohio and the FOX Sports Go app.  Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with the “Blue Jackets Live” pre-game show.  The game will also be broadcast on the Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan.

 

Single game tickets for all home games played at Nationwide Arena during the 2019-20 regular season are on sale now.  Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2019-20 campaign are also currently available for purchase.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.


PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

Blue Jackets shutdown Senators, 1-0 behind Korpisalos 25 saves

GAME AT A GLANCE

GOAL SCORERS

Columbus: O. Bjorkstrand (6)

Ottawa: NONE


GOALTENDERS
Columbus:
J. Korpisalo (25 saves, W)

Ottawa: C. Anderson (18 saves, L)

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BLUE JACKETS TEAM NOTES

  • With tonight’s victory, Columbus has won four-straight home games and has picked up points in five of its last six games overall (4-1-1, 9 pts.).
  • The Jackets won four or more home games in a row on two occasions in 2018-19 (4-straight from Dec. 31-Jan. 15 and 5-straight from Mar. 9-28).
  • The Jackets stretched their point streak to four-straight vs. the Atlantic Division (3-0-1), including wins in each of the last three contests.  The club is 5-1-1 vs. the division in 2019-20 and 10-2-2 since Feb. 22, 2019.
  • The Blue Jackets have now won five-straight games vs. Ottawa and are 8-3-0 in their last 11 vs. the Senators.  It’s the third shutout CBJ has had in the all-time series vs. Ottawa.
  • Columbus held on to another one-goal victory, its ninth this season (2nd-T in NHL). The Blue Jackets’ 16 one-goal games (9-2-4) are the most in the NHL.
  • The Blue Jackets have scored first in eight-straight games (5-2-1).  Columbus is now 10-2-1 this season when scoring first.
  • Columbus improved to 6-1-3 this season when heading into the third period with the score tied. Tonight was the first time this season each side was without a goal after 40 minutes.
  • The Jackets last won a 1-0 game on Dec. 17, 2018 vs. Vegas at Nationwide Arena.
  • The Blue Jackets were outshot by Ottawa 25-to-19 in the game.
  • Columbus finished 0-for-3 on the power play in the game, breaking a streak of four-straight games with a PPG. The Jackets are 9-for-29 (31 pct.) on the power play since Nov. 7.
  • CBJ went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill in the game.  Since Nov. 2, the Blue Jackets have denied the opposition from scoring on 23-of-25 power plays (92 pct.), second in the NHL over that span.
  • Tonight’s attendance was a crowd of 14,730.

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BLUE JACKETS PLAYER NOTES

  • G Joonas Korpisalo made 25 saves for his second career shutout in tonight’s win.  His first shutout was a 24-save effort in a 7-0 victory over the NY Islanders on Feb. 25, 2017.  He now has registered a win in four-straight starts, which ties his career best set Oct. 4-27, 2018.
  • RW Oliver Bjorkstrand scored the lone goal of the game 21 seconds into the third period.  The goal was the 50th tally of his career.  He has a four-game point streak (2-5-7).  He has recorded points in three-straight games vs. Ottawa (3-2-5).
  • D Zach Werenski had the primary assist on Bjorkstrand’s tally, extending his point streak to a career-best seven games (3-6-9).  His seven-game run ties the record for most consecutive games recording a point by a CBJ defenseman in club history, previously accomplished by Bryan Berard (2005-06) and Jaroslav Spacek (2002-03).
  • C Boone Jenner picked up an assist on the Blue Jackets first goal of the game, pushing his point streak to four games (2-2-4).   The assist was the 100th of his NHL career.  He won 6-of-9 faceoffs (66.7 pct.) in the game, including the one on the game-winner.
  • D Seth Jones led all CBJ skaters with 23:44 TOI in the game, collecting three hits and a team-high four blocked shots.  It’s the 18th game this season he led the Blue Jackets in ice time.

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POST-GAME AUDIO

Blue Jackets:

Coach John Tortorella | Oliver Bjorkstrand | Boone Jenner | Joonas Korpisalo | Zach Werenski
Senators:

Coach DJ Smith | Craig Anderson | Dylan DeMelo | Jean-Gabriel Pageau

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

CBJ Weekly Report, November 25-30: Busy week with Senators, Flyers, Penguins & Islanders looming

 

GAME PREVIEWS WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

Jackets back home tonight to take on Ottawa Senators

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

Blue Jackets fall to Jets in tight game at Winnipeg

Winnipeg Jets 4

Columbus Blue Jackets 3

 

The Blue Jackets dropped a 4-3 decision at Winnipeg on Saturday night at Bell MTS Place to see their four-game point streak end.

Columbus scored three power-play goals in the first two periods and largely dominated play through 40 minutes, but it was a 3-3 game after two periods. Winnipeg then got the winning goal in the final two minutes for the second straight time the Blue Jackets visited Manitoba.

CBJ Notables

  • Pierre-Luc Dubois scored his team-best 10th goal and now has four goals in the last four games.
  • Seth Jones earned his first power-play goal since 2018 and his second tally of the season.
  • Oliver Bjorkstrand had two assists to give him a goal and five helpers in the past three games.

Notable

Elvis Merzlikins finished with 27 saves while Laurnet Brossoit had 27 and Connor Hellebuyck five. … The Blue Jackets scored first for the seventh straight game but have trailed in all seven of those games. … Columbus fell to 9-2-1 when scoring first. … Zach Werenski extended his point streak to a career-high-tying six games (3-5-8). … Dubois ran his point streak to four games (4-2-6). … The Blue Jackets had earned a point in every game this year when tied after two periods (5-0-3) until tonight. … Winnipeg improved to 11-1-1 in one-goal games while the Blue Jackets played in their NHL-most 15th one-goal contest.

Roster Report

The Blue Jackets used the same 18 skaters as Thursday night’s win over Detroit, scratching forward Riley Nash and defenseman Scott Harrington.

Up Next

The Blue Jackets return to Columbus for a busy week starting Monday night with a game vs. Ottawa in Nationwide Arena.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Jeff Svoboda; COURTESY BLUE JACKETS.COM, BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

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