Merzlikins back in net.
Brad Larsen confirmed Elvis Merzlikins will start in net tonight with Daniil Tarasov serving as backup. Joonas Korpisalo was back on the ice after being away from the team due to personal reasons.
#CBJ HC Brad Larsen confirms Elvis Merzlikins will start in net and Daniil Tarasov will serve as the backup.— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) January 19, 2023
#CBJ G Joonas Korpisalo is on the ice for morning skate.— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) January 19, 2023
Here are the lines and power play units from today's morning skate:
#CBJ lines in morning skate:— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) January 19, 2023
Merzlikins in starters crease
#CBJ power play units at morning skate:— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) January 19, 2023
"There's always dialogue with upper management and dialogue with players," Larsen said when asked if there is a discussion with the front office regarding ice time for the younger players in terms of development. "Sometimes sitting is part of development, sometimes not playing as much. You get to a very dangerous point if you just open the door and let them go."
"[I] felt pretty good," Cole Sillinger said when asked how it felt to be back after being a healthy scratch for two games. "I had a lot of energy, a lot of jump, a lot more to give."
The Blue Jackets and Ducks face-off at 7 p.m. ET at Nationwide Arena on Bally Sports Ohio.