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Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets have signed Elvis Merzlikins to a two-year contract extension worth $8.0 million ($4.0M AAV).

Merzlikins exploded onto the scene in his first year in North America, going 13-9-8 with a 2.35 GAA, .923 SV% and five shutouts. Merzlikins went on an eight-game winning streak from mid-January to mid-February and was hurt right before the season paused. This signing comes less than a week after Columbus signed Joonas Korpisalo to a two-year, $5.6 million extension ($2.8M AAV), so they've got their young goaltending duo tied up for the next two seasons at a $6.9M AAV cap-hit.

Source: Aaron Portzline 04/23/20, 4:27 pm EST

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Merzlikins will start Monday vs. the Lightning.

Merzlikins allowed two goals on 22 shots in the Blue Jackets loss to the Avalanche. Merzlikins actually lost a game. It happened. Still, it was a strong showing for the rookie netminder, who is 8-1-0 with a 1.12 GAA, .962 SV% and five shutouts in the last month. Tonight he faces a Lightning team that has gone 18-2-1 in his last 21 games, but Merzlikins is too hot to put on your bench right now.

Source: @BlueJacketsNHL 02/10/20, 3:00 pm EST

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Merzlikins will start Saturday vs. the Avalanche.

Merzlikins stopped all 16 shots that he faced inn last night's shutout win over the Red Wings. Yet another shutout for Merzlikins, who is 8-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA, .967 SV% and five shutouts in his last eight starts. Even with a rough matchup with the Avalanche in town, Merzlikins is too hot to fade right now.

Source: Brian Hedger 02/8/20, 5:51 pm EST

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Merzlikins will likely start on back-to-back nights.

Merzlikins stopped all 16 shots that he faced inn last night's shutout win over the Red Wings. Yet another shutout for Merzlikins, who is 8-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA, .967 SV% and five shutouts in his last eight starts. Even with a rough matchup with the Avalanche in town, Merzlikins is too hot to fade right now.

Source: Mark Scheig 02/8/20, 4:46 pm EST

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Merzlikins will start Friday vs. the Red Wings.

Merzlikins stopped all 32 shots that he faced in the Blue Jackets shutout win over the Panthers on Tuesday. Merzlikins is now riding a seven-game winning streak, posting a 1.14 GAA, .965 SV% and four shutouts. His numbers since Joonas Korpisalo went down are absolutely mind-blowing and he is the obvious top goalie tonight with the Red Wings in town on the tail-end of a back-to-back.

Source: Mark Scheig 02/7/20, 5:18 pm EST

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Merzlikins will start Tuesday vs. the Panthers.

Merzlikins gave up three goals on 30 shots in the Blue Jackets win in Montreal on Sunday. Merzlikins extended his winning streak to six games, posting a 1.34 GAA, .959 SV% and three shutouts in the process. He's been a revelation for the Blue Jackets, who will face a Panthers team that played last night. Florida has won seven of their last eight games while scoring 4.38 goals per game.

Source: Jeff Svoboda 02/4/20, 2:05 pm EST

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Merzlikins is expected to start Wednesday vs. the Jets.

Merzlikins is riding a four-game winning streak, posting shutouts in three of those games and giving up just two goals on 136 shots (.985 SV%). Tonight he'll take on a struggling Jets team that played last night. Winnipeg has lost five of their last six while averaging just 2.00 goals per game.

Source: Craig Merz 01/22/20, 5:51 pm EST

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Merzlikins will start Saturday vs. the Devils.

Merzlikins allowed two goals on 34 shots in the Blue Jackets win over the Hurricanes on Thursday. Merzlikins' ridiculous run continued, as he's now won three straight while stopping 93 of the 95 shots (.979 SV%) that he has faced. Tonight he draws a good matchup with the Devils in town--they've lost five of their last seven (2-4-1) while scoring 3.14 goals per game.

Source: Jeff Svoboda 01/18/20, 5:41 pm EST

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