The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled goaltender Joonas Korpisalo from his conditioning assignment with the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters, the club's AHL affiliate, and activated him off Injured Reserve, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Columbus has also assigned goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks and Calvin Thurkauf to the Monsters.
Korpisalo, 25, who missed the past 24 NHL games with a knee injury suffered on December 29 vs. Chicago, stopped 32-of-34 shots in a 3-2 overtime victory for Cleveland on Saturday at Rochester. He was named to his first NHL All-Star Game and has set single-season career highs in wins, shutouts, minutes played and games played with a 17-10-4 record, 2.49 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and two shutouts on 1,877 minutes in 32 appearances in 2019-20.
Since November 1 (min. 20 games played), the Pori, Finland native leads the NHL in GAA and ranks third-T in SV% with a 12-6-3 record, 2.11 GAA, .926 SV% and two shutouts in 22 outings. Columbus' third round pick, 62nd overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft, Korpisalo is 58-41-13 with a 2.78 GAA, .908 SV% and three shutouts in 122 career games with the club.
Kivlenieks, 23, went 1-0-2 with a 2.41 GAA and .907 SV% in four contests with the Blue Jackets this season. He turned aside 31 shots in a 2-1 victory at the NY Rangers on January 19, becoming the second player in franchise history to win his NHL debut (Steve Mason). He is 9-8-2 with a 2.97 GAA, .904 SV% and one shutout in 19 games with the Monsters in 2019-20. The Riga, Latvia native has posted a 27-33-7 record, 3.23 GAA, .892 SV% and three shutouts in 76 career AHL appearances with Cleveland since making his professional debut in 2017-18. He was signed by Columbus to an entry level contract on May 25, 2017.
Thurkauf, 22, recorded a hit on 8:01 of ice time in his NHL debut on Saturday at Nashville. He has set single-season career highs in assists, points and plus/minus rating with nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points with 37 penalty minutes and a +6 plus/minus rating in 47 contests with Cleveland this season. The Zug, Switzerland native has posted 22-29-51 with 101 penalty minutes in 148 career AHL games with the Monsters since making his professional debut in 2017-18. He was selected by Columbus in the seventh round, 185th overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Monday when they host the Ottawa Senators. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. All Blue Jackets games televised on FOX Sports Ohio will also be streamed live via the FOX Sports app. The game can also be heard on the Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including Sports Radio 97.1 the Fan in Columbus, and online at BlueJackets.com.