|Date of Birth||8/26/1996|
|Height, Weight||6'2", 184 lbs|
The Blue Jackets recalled Kivlenieks from AHL Cleveland on an emergency basis Monday.
Kivlenieks was sent back to the minors Sunday after Columbus activated Joonas Korpisalo off injured reserve. However, Elvis Merzlikins was knocked out of Monday's game with an undisclosed injury. It looks like Kivlenieks will back up Korpisalo for Tuesday's game in Minnesota.
The Blue Jackets reassigned Kivlenieks to AHL Cleveland on Sunday.
With the team getting Joonas Korpisalo back from a knee injury Sunday, the team had no need for three netminders. Kivlenieks was used sparingly at the NHL level this season, going 1-0-2 along with a 2.41 GAA and .907 save percentage in four appearances. Barring any injury setbacks, Kivlenieks will likely finish the 2019-20 season in the minors.
Kivlenieks stopped two of three shots after replacing Elvis Merzlikins early in the third period of Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Flyers.
The Jackets' backup goalie wasn't immune to the team's overall lethargy, getting beaten by a Jakub Voracek one-timer on a Philly power play. Kivlenieks has a respectable 2.41 GAA and .907 save percentage through four NHL games, but Joonas Korpisalo (knee) seems likely to return soon and bump Kivlenieks back to the AHL.
Kivlenieks stopped 23 of 27 shots in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to Buffalo.
Two of Kivlenieks' first three appearances at the NHL level have been overtime losses to the Sabres, and it might not be long before he's sent back down to the AHL with Joonas Korpisalo (knee) nearing a return. The 23-year-old Latvian allowed only one goal through two periods but fell apart after that, finishing with a single-game save percentage of just .852 and allowing two goals -- including the overtime winner -- to Victor Olofsson.
Kivlenieks will stand guard in net Thursday versus the Sabres in Buffalo, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Kivlenieks has performed well in his two previous instances in an NHL net, posting a 1.49 GAA and a .946 save percentage between them. In fact, his last start came in another road contest versus the Sabres, when he surrendered two goals on 24 shots in an overtime loss. He'll look for a better result this time around as he prepares for a Sabres club that has lost three of its last four home games.