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A Two-Year Extension For Elvis Merzlikins In Columbus

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Elvis Merzlikins to a two-year contract extension through the 2021-22 National Hockey League season, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Merzlikins, 26, has posted a 13-9-8 record with a 2.35 goals-against average (GAA),.923 save percentage (SV%), five shutouts and 848 saves in 1,816 minutes in 33 contests in 2019-20. He ranks second-T in the NHL in shutouts and fifth in goals-against average and save percentage (minimum 20 games played), while leading all rookie netminders in each of those categories and ranking second in minutes and games played and third in wins.

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A Two-Year Contract Extension For Joonas Korpisalo In Columbus

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to a two-year contract extension through the 2021-22 National Hockey League season, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

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No Fans For CBJ Home Games

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Video- John Tortorella Is Not A Fan Of In-Game Selfies

No.

 

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Video- Don’t Mess With Nathan Gerbe

via Sporstnet's YouTube page,

Nathan Gerbe lays a huge open-ice body check on Claude Giroux, and when Travis Sanheim comes in to defend the captain, Gerbe wrestles him to the ice.

 

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Video- Matt Niskanen Slash On Gustav Nyquist

No call on the play.

 

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Morning Line- Aaron Portzline On Josh Anderson

In a perfect world, the Blue Jackets and Anderson’s agent, Darren Ferris, would gather shortly after the 2019-20 season and negotiate a long-term deal that would keep the 25-year-old in a Blue Jackets sweater until well into his 30s.

But the feeling around the NHL is that Anderson is more likely to be traded — either by the NHL trade deadline (less likely) or after the season (more likely) — than he is to be re-signed by the Blue Jackets. GMs have been poking around on Anderson for a while now.

-Aaron Portzline of The Athletic where you can read more (paid subscription) as this scenario plays out.

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How The Columbus Blue Jackets Have Remained Hot

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets are 15-2-4 over their past 21 games. The numbers within are crazy, and we can count the ways.

On Dec. 9, when this hot streak started, the Jackets were closer to last place in the conference (nine points ahead of Detroit) than they were to the second wild card (11 points behind Carolina). Heading into a game Wednesday night against the Winnipeg Jets in Nationwide Arena, the Jackets are holding the first wild card. Right now, they’re in.

The Jackets are 26-18-6. They have 60 points, their second-best record through 50 games, trailing only the 2016-17 team, which had 71 points through 50 games and ended the regular season with 108. That was a healthy group touched by magic. This is something else.

The past 21 games, by the numbers (and the goaltending stats are crazy):

Nineteen players have combined to score 63 goals (3.0 a game). Twelve players have scored winning goals.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets Remain Hot

from Jeff Svoboda of BlueJackets.com,

The Blue Jackets ran their hot streak to 14-2-4 in the last 20 games with a 5-0 win against New Jersey on Saturday night in Nationwide Arena....

Quote of the Game

Head coach John Tortorella: "That score at the end of the second period could have been lopsided the other way. We had one guy play. As a team, we played the first six minutes and then we watched Elvis play for the rest of the first period and the rest of the second period. We played better in the third ... but don't kid ourselves on how this team played. We were not good, and Elvis deserves a tremendous amount of credit as far as finding our way tonight."

CBJ Notables

- Merzlikins was superb yet again, finishing with a career-high 41 saves -- including 21 in the first period -- on the way to his fourth straight win and eighth in 10 games.

- Atkinson continued to be on fire, notching his second and third goals in two games since returning from injury while adding an assist. He has eight goals in his last 10 games, 40 career game-winning goals and 16 games of at least three points in his CBJ tenure.

- Wennberg had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to four games (3-2-5). He has a 3-6-9 line in his last 10 contests. 

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Video- Elvis Mania Has Hit Columbus

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