The hype just keeps swirling.
Blue Jackets' goaltender Elvis Merzlikins has been on fire recently, and he was named the NHL's first star of the week after posting some ludicrous numbers.
Elvis Merzlikins (@BlueJacketsNHL), Kyle Connor (@NHLJets) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (@TBLightning) have been named Three Stars for the week ending Feb. 9.#NHLStats: https://t.co/rKw1UF7OpD pic.twitter.com/vDiEXjAcBg— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 10, 2020
Over the last week, Merzlikins went 2-1-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average, a .971 save percentage and two shutouts in three games, stopping 68-of-70 shots faced. He outdueled Sergei Bobrovsky and the Florida Panthers in an overtime thriller and notched another shutout against the Detroit Red Wings days later.
Since taking over for injured All-Star Joonas Korpisalo, Merzlikins has gone 12-3-0 with a 1.55 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and five shutouts in 15 outings.