Kukan will be back in the Blue Jackets lineup on Saturday.
Kukan has been a healthy scratch for the last five games but will replace Ryan Murray (undisclosed) vs. the Islanders on Saturday. Kukan has just nine assists in 45 career NHL games.
Murray (undisclosed) will not play on Saturday.
Murray is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury but it’s not expected to keep him sidelined for very long. Dean Kukan will draw in for him tonight.
Korpisalo starts Saturday vs. the Islanders.
Korpisalo stopped 30 of 32 shots in the Blue Jackets win over the Stars on Wednesday. Korpisalo has won three of his last four starts while posting a 2.25 GAA and .914 SV% and has not given up more than two goals in three straight outings. The Islanders come in averaging just 2.43 goals per game (25th in the NHL) so Korpisalo makes for a decent option on the second-half of a back-to-back.
Merzlikins will start in Chicago on Friday.
Merzlikins was the first goalie off of the ice at the Blue Jackets morning skate.
Anderson (upper-body) returned to practice on Thursday.
Anderson has missed the last four games with an upper-body injury but returning to practice is a big step towards returning to the Blue Jackets’ lineup. Head coach John Tortorella did not have much of an update on Anderson but said that “he’s progressing.”
Korpisalo will start Wednesday vs. the Stars.
Korpisalo allowed two goals on 32 shots in the Blue Jackets’ win in Carolina last Saturday. After a tough start to the season vs. Toronto, Korpisalo has played well in his last three starts, going 2-1-0 while stopping 66 of the 73 shots (.904 SV%) that he has faced. Tonight he takes on a Dallas team that ranks dead last in the NHL in goal-scoring (1.86 GF/gm).
Korpisalo will start Saturday in Carolina.
The Blue Jackets have recalled Markus Hannikainen from Cleveland (AHL).
Hannikainen had one goal in two games with the Monsters to start the AHL season. He takes Josh Anderson’s spot on the roster and returns to the NHL, where he had seven points (4G / 3A) in 44 games last year.
The Blue Jackets have placed Josh Anderson (upper-body) on IR.
Columbus announced that Anderson is day-to-day with an upper-body injury that he suffered on October 5th, but was moved to IR so they could recall Markus Hannikainen from Cleveland (AHL). Anderson had already been ruled out of Friday’s game and is eligible to come off IR whenever he is healthy.
Anderson (upper-body) will not play Friday vs. the Ducks.
Anderson is set to miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury. The Blue Jackets have not released any type of timeline for his return, but the fact they are updating his status on a game-to-game basis suggests that he is simply day-to-day.
Korpisalo will start Friday vs. the Ducks.
Korpisalo stopped 15 of the 18 shots that he faced in the Blue Jackets 4-3 overtime win over the Sabres on Monday. Korpisalo wasn’t busy but he did enough to out-duel Linus Ullmark on the other end. Dating back to the start of last season, Korpisalo is 5-5-1 with a .876 SV% in his last 12 starts at Nationwide Arena. Tonight he gets a Ducks team that are winning games but are averaging just 2.25 goals per game.
Kukan will be a healthy scratch on Monday.
Kukan had two shots in 15:16 TOI in his season debut on Saturday but will sit as a healthy scratch for the second time in three games. Markus Nutivaara will replace him on the third pairing.
Nutivaara will draw back into the Blue Jackets lineup on Monday.
Nutivaara had two shots and two PIMS while playing 13:23 TOI in the season opener but served as a healthy scratch on Saturday. Tonight he will replace Dean Kukan on the Blue Jackets’ third-pair.
Milano will make his season debut on Monday.
Milano had just one goal in eight games with Columbus last season. He spent most of the year in Cleveland (AHL), where he had 24 points (11G / 13A) in 27 games. He will replace Josh Anderson, who is day-to-day with an injury.
Anderson is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury; will not play on Monday.
Anderson played 16:54 and 16:01 TOI in his first two games of the season but will come out of the lineup vs. Buffalo. Anderson battled a lingering shoulder injury throughout training camp but there’s no evidence that it’s the same injury. Sonny Milano will replace Anderson in the Blue Jackets lineup.
Korpisalo will start Monday vs. the Sabres.
Korpisalo allowed four goals on 29 shots in the Blue Jackets loss to the Maple Leafs on Friday. Elvis Merzlikins was torched in the second game of the Blue Jackets back-to-back, so head coach John Tortorella will come back to Korpisalo on Monday. The Sabres have had a nice start to the season, winning each of their first two games while outscoring their opponents 10-3.
Merzlikins will make his NHL debut on Saturday.
With Joonas Korpisalo starting the season opener vs. Toronto, it sets Merzlikins up for a date with the Pittsburgh Penguins in his NHL debut. The Blue Jackets have high hopes for the 2014 third-round pick, who turned in a .921 SV% in two straight seasons while playing with Lugano of the Swiss-A League. He will have spot-start value this season, but this is a tough spot for him.
Korpisalo will start Friday’s season opener vs. the Maple Leafs.
With Sergei Bobrovsky bolting for Florida in free agency, Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins as Columbus’ goaltending tandem. In 38 starts (45 games) over the last two seasons, Korpisalo has gone 18-15-4 with an ugly 3.11 GAA and .897 SV%. It could be a tough season for Korpisalo and the Blue Jackets and an opening night matchup with Toronto should force him to your fantasy benches.
Source: Mark Scheig 10/2/19, 3:23 pm EST
The Blue Jackets have re-signed Zach Werenski to a three-year contract worth $15 million ($5.0M AAV).
Werenski has been excellent since breaking into the NHL in 2017, scoring double-digit goals in all three seasons and 40-plus points in two out of three. Overall, he is 11th among defensemen in goals (27) and 24th in points (81) over that span.