Kivlenieks will make his NHL debut on Sunday.
Kivlenieks is expected to make his NHL debut Sunday in New York.
The Blue Jackets have reassigned Kevin Stenlund to Cleveland (AHL).
With Oliver Bjorkstrand set to return from injury on Sunday, Stenlund heads back to the AHL to clear a roster spot. Stenlund had a solid showing in his second career NHL stint, scoring four goals with two assists (six points) in 17 games. He has also picked up 16 points (6G / 10A) in 27 AHL games this year.
The Blue Jackets have activated Oliver Bjorkstrand from IR.
Bjorkstrand has missed the last 13 games but is set to return Sunday in New York. Bjorkstrand was red-hot before getting hurt, scoring six goals with two assists (eight points) in his last seven games. His shot volume has been extremely impressive as well, setting him up for a potentially huge second half of the season.
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.
Milano will be a healthy scratch on Thursday.
With the fourth line playing well according to head coach John Tortorella, Milano will be the one to come out of the lineup with Cam Atkinson returning to the lineup on Thursday.
Atkinson will return to the Blue Jackets lineup on Thursday.
Atkinson has missed the last 12 games but was activated from IR yesterday and will replace Sonny Milano in the lineup on Thursday. Atkinson will draw onto the second line with Pierre-Luc Dubois and Emil Bemstrom.
Merzlikins will start Thursday vs. the Hurricanes.
Merzlikins stopped all 34 shots that he faced in the Blue Jackets shutout win over the Bruins on Tuesday. He has posted back-to-back shutouts, stopping the last 61 shots that he has faced. He has gone 6-2-1 with a 1.64 GAA and .950 SV% since taking over as their starter but draws a rough assignment with the high-powered Hurricanes in town.
The Blue Jackets have assigned Matiss Kivlenieks to Cleveland (AHL).
Kivlenieks served as Elvis Merzlikins' backup and did not appear in a game during his call-up. He swaps spots with Veini Vehvilainen and heads back to the AHL where he has gone 7-6-2 with a 3.04 GAA and .894 SV% in 15 games.
The Blue Jackets have recalled Veini Vehvilainen from Cleveland (AHL).
Vehvilainen is in his first year in North America, going 8-10-1 with a 2.22 GAA and .918 SV% in 19 games. Matiss Kivlenieks didn't appear in a game during his call-up, so expect Vehvilainen to serve as Elvis Merzlikins backup as well.
The Blue Jackets have assigned Gabriel Carlsson to Cleveland (AHL).
Carlsson has been a healthy scratch for the last five games and gets sent back to the AHL to make room for Andrew Peeke to be activated from IR. The 23-year-old blueliner has nine points (1G / 8A) in 28 AHL games.
The Blue Jackets have activated Andrew Peeke (finger) from IR.
Peeke has missed the last 13 games with a broken finger but is set to return to the lineup on Thursday. The 21-year-old defenseman had one assist in his first seven NHL games while averaging 1.7 hits and 1.3 blocks per game. To make room for him, the Blue Jackets have reassigned Gabriel Carlsson to Cleveland (AHL).
The Blue Jackets have assigned Ryan MacInnis to Cleveland (AHL).
MacInnis appeared in seven games during his call-up but was a healthy scratch for the last five games. His demotion made room for Cam Atkinson (ankle) to be activated from IR. He returns to Cleveland, where he has 15 points (3G / 12A) in 28 games.
The Blue Jackets have activated Cam Atkinson (ankle) from IR.
Atkinson has missed the last 12 games with a sprained ankle but is set to return to the lineup on Thursday. To make room for Atkinson, the Blue Jackets reassigned Ryan MacInnis to Cleveland (AHL). Atkinson has not had the season he was expecting to have after posting a career-high 41 goals and 69 points in 2018-19. He has nine goals (8.0 SH%) and 12 assists (21 points) in 35 games this season.
Merzlikins will start Tuesday vs. the Bruins.
Merzlikins stopped all 27 shots that he faced in the Blue Jackets shutout win in Vegas on Saturday. Merzlikins closed out their four-game road-trip at 3-1-0 with a 2.03 GAA, .942 SV% and one shutout. Now he returns to Columbus to face the Bruins for the second time this month. He stopped 25 of 26 shots in a 2-1 OT win in Boston in the first get-together.
Merzlikins will start Saturday in Vegas.
Merzlikins allowed three goals on 33 shots in the Blue Jackets loss in San Jose on Thursday. It was another solid performance for Merzlikins, who is now 4-2-1 with a 2.20 GAA and. 935 SV% since taking over as the No.1 netminder. As good as he has been, playing in Vegas is never easy. The Golden Knights are 7-3-0 while averaging 4.10 goals in their last 10 home games.
Merzlikins will start Thursday in San Jose.
Merzlikins stopped 37 of 40 shots in the Blue Jackets win in Anaheim on Tuesday. Merzlikins has been sensational since taking over for Joonas Korpisalo on New Year's Eve. Merzlikins is 4-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .940 SV% in five starts and draws a great matchup against a Sharks team that is now missing Logan Couture.
Merzlikins will start Tuesday in Anaheim.
Merzlikins led the Blue Jackets onto the ice for warmups.
Merzlikins allowed three goals on 28 shots in the Blue Jackets loss to the Sharks on Saturday. Since taking over the No.1 job, Merzlikinsn has gone 2-1-0 while stopping 86 of the 91 shots (.945 SV%) that he has faced. So far so good and tonight he faces a Kings team that has gone 2-4-1 with 2.29 goals per game in their last seven. B