COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Columbus Blue Jackets placed goaltender Elvis Merzlikins on injured reserve and recalled goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks to the roster from the club’s taxi squad, General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced Tuesday.
Merzlikins, 26, suffered an upper body injury on February 20 vs. Nashville and is considered week-to-week. He has posted a 3-3-1 record with a 2.81 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and a shutout in nine games this season.
The Riga, Latvia native was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team after finishing second-T in the League in shutouts and fifth in GAA and SV% (tied).
Kivlenieks, 24, went 1-1-2 with a 2.95 GAA and .898 SV% in six games with the Blue Jackets in 2019-20.