NHL News: Blue Jackets activate Joonas Korpisalo; Sabres lose Casey Mittelstadt indefinitely

The Columbus Blue Jackets activated Joonas Korpisalo off injured reserve on Friday and assigned fellow goaltender Daniil Tarasov to Cleveland of the American Hockey League.

Korpisalo, 27, has missed the Blue Jackets’ last five games due to a non-COVID-19 illness.

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Korpisalo back

He has played in eight games (seven starts) this season and has a 3-4-0 record. He has a career-high 3.95 goals-against average and a career-low .885 save percentage.

Korpisalo has a 72-60-21 record with a 2.95 goals-against average, .904 save percentage and three shutouts in 168 career games with the Blue Jackets.

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Apr 4, 2021; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (70) stands at the net during a stoppage in play against the Florida Panthers in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Tarasov, 22, is 0-2-0 with a 2.22 goals-against average and .936 save percentage in three appearances (two starts) since being recalled on Dec. 2. He set a franchise record for saves by a goaltender in his NHL debut with 34 in a 3-2 loss at Dallas.

Casey Mittelstadt has surgery

Buffalo Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt is out indefinitely following surgery Friday for an upper-body injury.

Head coach Don Granato said he is hopeful that the 23-year-old will not miss the rest of the season.

“We don’t have a timetable yet from the doctors,” Granato said. “We’ll share that as soon as we do.”

Mittelstadt, who has one goal in four games this season, was injured during Tuesday night’s 2-0 loss against the Anaheim Ducks.

He missed 21 games earlier this season with an upper-body injury sustained in Buffalo’s season opener on Oct. 14.

A first-round pick (eighth overall) by the Sabres in 2017, the Minnesota native has 62 points (28 goals, 34 assists) in 159 career games.

–Field Level Media