Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Blue Jackets place Elvis Merzļikins on IR with hip injury

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Elvis Merzļikins on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. The move is retroactive to November 15th.

He is expected to miss several weeks with a hip injury. He suffered the injury in a 5-4 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins warms up prior to the game against the Philadelphia Flyers
Elvis Merzlikins warms up prior to the game against the Philadelphia Flyers (Photo by Ben Jackson/NHLI via Getty Images)

In a corresponding move, the Blue Jackets have called up Trey Fix-Wolansky.

Merzļikins allowed two goals in 32 minutes against the Flyers. He made 15 saves in the contest.

The game against the Flyers was his first contest since November 4th. He played nearly 60 minutes in a loss against the Colorado Avalanche.

He allowed five goals and made 30 saves in the loss.

Merzļikins has made nine appearances, including eight starts with the Blue Jackets this season. He has a 2-5 record.

He has made 229 saves in 265 shots against with 36 goals allowed.

In four seasons, all with the Blue Jackets, he has made 129 appearances, including 118 starts. He has a 50-49-20 record.

He has 3.00 goals against, including a 4.74 goals against average this season. He has a career .910 save percentage.

Merzļikins is the latest Blue Jackets player to be added to the injured list. The team is already without Patrik Laine, who is expected to miss another month with a sprained ankle.

Defenseman Zach Werenski is out with a shoulder injury. He will miss the rest of the season.

Defenseman Nick Blankenberg, forward Sean Kuralt, and Jakub Voráček are also out with injuries.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 12 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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