With Jaroslav Halak on the injured reserve for the week, it is expected that Brian Elliott will be starting in net for both of the Blues games this week. While the Brian Elliott of last season has not yet shown up this year, his play is nothing to be worried about. To date this season, Elliott has appeared in 5 games for the St. Louis Blues, posting a 3-2-0 record. He has seen a total of 100 shots and allowed 10 goals in during that time good for a .900 save percentage and a 2.34 goals-against-average. While these numbers are not the best in the NHL, Elliott has shown he can still make big saves and keep his team in the game.
Later this week the St. Louis Blues will play host to the Detroit Red Wings for the third matchup between the two teams. Fans will remember last Friday night when Elliott came in to replace the injured Halak and had a difficult time late in the game. While the Blues lost that game, it was not for the effort that Elliott put forth. Halak had let in two goals early in the game and with those two removed the Blues would have actually won the game. This Thursday it will be a game of retribution as the Blues look to make up for the call against David Backes in the third period which cost the Blues the game. Look for heavyweight Ryan Reaves to find a fighting partner to impart some wisdom on, but don’t count on it happening. Detroit is one of the team’s who fights the least in the NHL.
Tonight the St. Louis Blues will play host to the Nashville Predators for their third match up of the season. St. Louis has come out on top in the past two games against the Predators and Elliott has shown his incredible ability against Nashville. So far this season the St. Louis Blues have been able to control the play against the Preds who lost Ryan Suter at the end of last season. It should be a hard fought game and look back later today for a preview of tonight’s matchup.
While Elliott is the man getting the call this week, it will be interesting to see what sort of opportunity, if any, will be given to Jake Allen. The St. Louis Blues had once held Allen as the goalie of the future, but his play in Peoria has been less than consistent. Allen had a brief appearance in last year’s playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings and could see playing time if Elliott struggles in net. Don’t hold your breath though as Allen will most likely just be warming the bench.
LET’S GO BLUES!