Jaroslav Halak Update

November 29, 2011; Washington, DC, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) stands on the ice during a stoppage in play against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

 

After sustaining an ankle injury early in the second period of game two, Jaroslav Halak has been held out of all team practices by the Blues’ training staff. Jaro did not skate on Thursday morning in San Jose either, as he has been ruled out for game four as well. Ken Hitchcock has taken a precautionary stance in handling the Halak situation, as he should, given the success that his backup, Brian Elliot, has enjoyed this season. With the leeway Hitchcock has in Elliot, his main concern should be the rehabilitation of Jaro going forward. To risk a possible setback or exacerbate the current injury by allowing Halak to skate would be extremely shortsighted from Hitchcock’s perspective, as this team’s goals lie far beyond the first round. Because of  Elliot’s ability in net and the precautionary nature of Hitchcock and the training staff, I expect Jaro to miss the remainder of the first round while in an effort to rehab and prepare his ankle for the second round.  The  Blues’ depth at goalie had been a major story line throughout the regular season and, at the most important time of the year, St. Louis is finally reaping the benefits of its unorthodox goaltending tandem.

Topics: Jaroslav Halak, Ken Hitchcock, St. Louis Blues, Stanley Cup Playoffs

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