Blue Jackets coach reveals whether Merzlik will score in test game…

first_imgJonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins Photo: Jason Mowry / Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesBoth team goalkeepers Elvis Merzlikins and Jonas Korpisalo will score in the only game of the Columbia Blue Jackets before the resumption of the National Hockey League (NHL) season, the club’s head coach John Tortorella revealed in the podcast “CBJin30”.At night on Friday at At 2:00 Latvian time, “Blue Jackets”, represented by Latvian goalkeeper Merzlikkin, will play a test match against Boston’s “Bruins”. It will be the only team test game before the official resumption of the NHL season, as already on August 3 at At 3:00 Latvian time, the team will play the first play-in game, meeting up to three winners in a series with the Toronto Maple Leafs.“The game time will be divided between them,” Tortorella described the goalkeeper’s situation in tonight’s upcoming test game. It is not yet clear at the club which goalkeeper – Merzlikkin or Jonas Korpisalo – will be the first number in the playoffs, but according to the American hockey specialist, the game against the Bruins will be the last chance to make a good impression and earn the role of the first goalkeeper in the upcoming playoffs. game series.“Which goalkeeper we will go to in the playoffs is probably the biggest question. If we didn’t have such a goalkeeper duo, we wouldn’t be where we are now, “the coach said. “We have had a lot of conversations with them. They both deserve a chance and both can play later in the season. ”“I think it will be a sprint,” Tortorella said, recalling that the winner of the play-in round will be determined in a series of up to three wins. “I won’t wait until one of them gets into the playoffs, I’ll choose the one that’s better for them.”This season Merzlikkin made his debut in the NHL. In 33 matches, he helped the Blue Jackets achieve 13 successes, repelling 92.3% of throws and scoring an average of 2.35 goals. The goalkeeper also has five dry games. During the break caused by the coronavirus Covid-19, he signed a new two-year contract with the team for eight million dollars.Korpisalo also signed a two-season, $ 5.6 million deal. The Finnish puck catcher has repelled 91.1% of the throws in 37 fights this season, but has averaged 2.6 puck in the match. Both Korpisalo and Merzlikkin are peers – both born in 1994.The third number of the team is Matīss Kivlenieks, but it is unlikely that he will be at the game if both goalkeepers are healthy.Blue Jackets for the season finale in Toronto and Edmonton:Attackers – Markus Foligno, Alexander Venberg, Kevin Stanlund, Chem Atkinson, Gustav Nykist, Pierre Lew Dibou, Luc Foudy, Riley Nash, Stephen Matthew, Neitan Djerbe, Oliver Borkstrand, Boon Jenner, Alexander Robin, Alexander Texner, Alexander , Josh Anderson;protectors – Andrew Peak, Seth Jones, Scott Harrington, Eden Clendingen, Zeck Verensky, Ryan Moore, Vladislav Gavrikov, Dean Cookan, Gabriel Carlson, David Savard, Markus Nutivara;goalkeepers – Elvis Merzļikins, Jonas Korpisalo, Matīss Kivlenieks.last_img

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