THW's Goalie News: Korpisalo On the Mend, Holtby Safe, and More

THW's Goalie News: Korpisalo On the Mend, Holtby Safe, and More

February 20th, 2020 It's the right time of year for players to get healthy, but sometimes, that creates a tough decision for the front office. That's the situation the Columbus Blue Jackets face right now. Additionally, one general manager is standing by his goalie while another went out to acquire one in the buildup...
Blue Jackets Earning Points Through Defence & Goaltending

Blue Jackets Earning Points Through Defence & Goaltending

February 18th, 2020 The Columbus Blue Jackets have taken 2019-20 by storm, perhaps shocking most of the hockey world. If you asked any hockey fan in September about their predictions for this team, you likely received the same answer: a bottom-dweller with "lottery pick" written all of over them. Fast forward to...

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February 11th, 2020
Blue Jackets Goaltending

Monday night’s National Hockey League schedule gave us some intriguing matchups and made things even tighter in already ready close playoff race. We had a successful return in Philadelphia and a grudge match in Columbus. Also, we will look back at a big milestone for one of the all-time greats. Hart Honors Emery in Return Carter Hart returned to the crease on Monday night after missing the last nine games due to an abdominal strain he suffered in practice on Jan. 15. He made 30 saves in a huge 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers, pushing the Philadelphia Flyers into the second Eastern Conference wild card spot. "It was nice to get back out there,” Hart said from a victorious locker room. “It's not fun when you're just watching from the side, so it felt really good to get back out there with the boys and get a huge two points. "Maybe a couple shots and I was good to go. I kind of did all the work in practice with our coaches and our staff to make sure we did any...
February 10th, 2020
Previews and Predictions

We now continue our month-long series on the Columbus Blue Jackets and the NHL Trade Deadline. In part one, we discussed why the Toronto Maple Leafs make a perfect trading partner. In part two, we explored why the Blue Jackets have reasons they could trade Josh Anderson. Today, we get right to the heart of the matter. If you saw the game Saturday night, you saw the glaring need the Blue Jackets have. A Quick Recap The Blue Jackets carried a 1-0 lead into the third period thanks to their lock-down defense and Elvis Merzlikins. Then they came out and played their best period of the weekend to start. They dominated possession. They had several chances to make it 2-0. But they couldn't beat Philipp Grubauer. Then in a flash, it all changed. A turnover and a blast flipped the game from 1-0 to 2-1 in what seemed like a heartbeat. Although the Blue Jackets made a push at the end, they couldn't get a tying goal. A familiar theme reared its ugly head. Even Elvis Merzlikins...
February 8th, 2020
Blue Jackets Goaltending

Friday night’s National Hockey League schedule was a bit on the light side as we head into a busy weekend. However, a rookie netminder made all kinds of history in Ohio. There was also a successful debut in Toronto to go along with an injury update. Elvis is King of Rookie Goaltenders Elvis Merzlikins wasn’t called upon very often on Friday night, but when he was, he was there to make the save. He stopped all 16 shots he faced in a 4-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings as the Columbus Blue Jackets improved to 9-0-1 in their last 10 games. Since Jan. 11, Merzlikins is 8-0-0 with a sterling 1.00 goals-against average (GAA), a .967 save percentage (SV%) and five shutouts. The winning streak is the longest by a rookie goaltender in Blue Jackets’ history and the longest by any first-year netminder this season. Only nine rookie goaltenders in the history of the game have won more than eight straight appearances during the same regular season. Jordan Binnington was the last...

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Two days after Wednesday's NHL Awards Ceremony and Las Vegas Expansion Draft, the 2017 NHL Entry Draft will commence. The now 31 NHL teams will gather inside the United Center in Chicago in efforts to rebuild, or build upon, their rosters by selecting teenagers they feel will help their team in the... June 23rd, 2017