Opportunity Time: Elvis Merzlikins Will Start Tonight Against the Defending Stanley Cup Champions

By Jacob Nitzberg on November 1, 2019 at 1:45 pm
Sep 22, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) and defenseman Dean Kukan (46) defend against St. Louis Blues center Tyler Bozak (21) during the second period at Enterprise Center.
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Elvis will enter the building tonight.

He'll also be on the ice to start the game for the Blue Jackets, who are in desperate need of a win after dropping back-to-back ugly losses to the Flyers and Oilers.

Joonas Korpisalo didn't necessarily play poorly in those two losses, but he did give up ten goals in two games. Many of those can be attributed to the play in front of him, but at the end of the day, you simply can't afford to win with those numbers.

Head coach John Tortorella is rolling with the rookie tonight, and Merzlikins has been lights-out recently.

After Korpisalo was pulled in the second period on Wednesday night in a 4-0 game, Merzlikins came in and stopped all 19 shots he faced, stifling the potent Oilers attack.

Not too shabby. Here's hoping for more of the same tonight.