Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus of his right knee suffered last Sunday vs. Chicago, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Korpisalo, 25, was selected to participate in the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game® to be played in St. Louis on January 25. While it is doubtful that he will be able to participate, a final decision has not yet been made. He currently is tied for the league lead in games played, ranks second in minutes played, third-T in wins and fifth-T in shutouts with a 17-10-4 record, 2.49 GAA, .913 SV% and two shutouts on 1,877 minutes in 32 games. Since November 1, he ranks second in the league in GAA (min. 12 GP), shutouts (tied), minutes and games played (tied) and fifth in SV% (min. 12 GP) with a 12-6-3 record, 2.11 GAA, .926 SV%, two shutouts and 1,307 minutes in 22 outings. He has posted points in a career-best nine-straight games (6-0-3) with a 1.72 GAA, .942 SV% and a shutout since December 9.
The Pori, Finland native has already set single-season career highs in wins, shutouts, minutes played and games played after posting a 16-11-4 record with a 2.60 GAA, .920 SV% on 1,803 minutes in 31 games with the Jackets as a rookie in 2015-16. 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.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Florida Panthers. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. 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 FM The Fan in Columbus, and online at BlueJackets.com.