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Blue Jackets call Merzlikin back to the NHL and send Kiwleniek to AHL


Elvis Merzlikins,
Elvis Merzlikins Photo: Blue jackets on Twitter

National Hockey League (NHL) Blue Columbus jackets called back Latvian goalkeeper from the Cleveland Monster club in the American Hockey League (AHL) to NHL Elvi Merzlikin and sent to AHL previously called Latvian goalkeeper instead of Merzlikin Matisse Kivlenieks.

Blue jackets for the first time tempted the Latvian goalkeeper four days ago when they sent an unsuccessful NHL debutant to the agricultural club for training, but instead called for the strongest hockey league in the world in seven matches this season and reached 90.9% offside. 2.37 discs for Kiwleniek.

Columbus played two games with the Coyotes Arizona and Colorado Avalanche after calling Kivlenka to the NHL. Although the 23-year-old Latvian goalkeeper applied for both matches, he did not leave the field in any of the matches and made his debut in the NHL.

Finn Jonas Korpisalo continued to care for the safety of Blue Jackets in the absence of Merzlikin. He pushed 30 of his 32 opponents, helped Columbus lose 3-2 to Coyotes in the first game and break the band of five losers. The next match, however, concerned 32 of the 36 shots against Avalanche (2: 4).

Meanwhile, Merzlikin played his first and only duel in AHL after landing in Cleveland as a monster. Making his debut at Columbus Farm Club against Rakieta Ławali, represented by his compatriot Nikita Jewpalowa, the Latvian national goalkeeper finished 28 out of 30 rivals and suffered his first defeat in AHL (1: 2).

In his debut season NHL Merzlikin has played four fights so far, making only 88.2% of the opponent's shots and an average of 3.91 pucks. In addition, the Latvian goalkeeper has not yet won any NHL wins. The statistics of court Korpisalo are not much better now – in 14 matches Finn has only 89.5% shots and an average of 3.13 goals.

The next match will be played by Blue Jackets from Tuesday to Wednesday (November 13), when they meet with Montreal Canadiens and finish a series of three away matches.

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