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Blue Jackets recall Matiss Kivlenieks from Cleveland

Goaltender has won his lone NHL start during rookie season

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks from the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Kivlenieks, 23, turned aside 31 shots in a 2-1 victory at the NY Rangers on January 19, becoming the second player in Blue Jackets history to win his NHL debut (Steve Mason). He is 9-7-2 with a 2.91 goals-against average, .903 save percentage and one shutout in 18 games with the Monsters in 2019-20.

The Riga, Latvia native has posted a 27-32-7 record, 3.22 GAA, .891 SV% and three shutouts in 75 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.

The Blue Jackets return to action on Saturday, February 1 when they visit the Buffalo Sabres. Game time from KeyBank Center is 1 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 12:30 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 WWCD 102.5 FM in Columbus, and online at BlueJackets.com.

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