Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins Expected to Return and Start Saturday vs. Red Wings

Elvis Merzlikins is expected to start Saturday for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Jack Svoboda of JacketsInsider reports.

Merzlikins missed the game Thursday for the Blue Jackets due to an illness. While he is expected to start versus the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, if the team decided to give him another day off, then Joonas Korpisalo would be between the pipes.

We know it won’t be Jet Greaves, as he was sent down to the AHL on Friday. Merzlikins has had a rough season, to say the least. He is 4-11-0 with a 4.62 GAA and a .865 save percentage. He has imploded this season, just like the entire team.

The Blue Jackets are -130 (+1.5) on the puck line versus the Red Wings and +188 on the money line, with an over/under of 6.5, over (+100), and under (-122) versus the Sabres on Saturday. You can find the lines and props for this game and all others on the FanDuel Sportsbook.