This week’s Bluenote of the Week will come as no surprise to anyone who has watched the Blues the past few weeks. The Blues have won nine out of their last ten games. Jaroslav Halak has won his last eight starts, and hasn’t allowed more than one goal in a game since February 29 when he allowed two. Halak won each of his three starts last week, and earned the NHL’s third star. The Blues have been hot, continuing to hold their grasp on the top spot in the NHL, and the team looks like it has no plans on faltering any time soon. The squad looks more and more focused as the playoffs creep closer. One of the biggest sources of the focus must be Halak’s unwavering sharp performances, and his confident demeanor. This confidence has seeped through to the entire team. While many fans of the NHL may not think that our Blues have a superstar, the team as a whole is playing as a superstar unit. Halak is has certainly become the glue holding the unit together.
With another long road trip just beginning, and a number of tough games ahead against Chicago and Nashville, the team will continue to be challenged before the Playoffs. Coach Ken Hitchock has made it clear that he will have to make a goalie decision about the playoffs. While Brian Elliot has been more than good enough to deserve a nod from any other team, Halak has been above and beyond. Hitchcock made note that even though Halak has been carrying the bulk of the load recently, it is not an indication of his decision. Should he continue to allow Halak to bear the load, and should he continue to perform as he has, Halak should lock up the position of Starting Goalie for the NHL Playoffs. The term “Starting Goalie” is one the Blues haven’t associated with in a long, long time. As the pressure will continue to push on the Blues to win, I’ll continue to have confidence that Halak will not only deal under the pressure, but that he will thrive under it.