Apr 18, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) celebrates his save against the Phoenix Coyotes for the victory at the Scottrade Center. The Blues defeated the Coyotes 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

The Curious Case of Brian Elliott

When the 2013 season started for the St. Louis Blues hopes were high.  Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott were back at the helm and everyone thought that we would see a repeat performance of the 2011-12 season.  Unfortunately we did not.

Halak and Elliott both started off the season playing some decent hockey, but neither shined as a true winner.  In February, Halak went down with an injury and the worst possible scenario happened, Elliott broke down.  The month of February saw Elliott go from decent numbers to some of the worst in the NHL.  In March, Elliott was only used twice and wound up in the press box more than on the bench.  With the success of Jake Allen, many fans thought that Elliott could be dealt at the trade deadline or put on waivers to be lost for the better of the team.

Elliott was not ready to be cast away by the St. Louis Blues just yet.  Coach Ken Hitchcock believed that Elliott had the ability to get his game back and after a brief stint with the Peoria Rivermen, Elliott would get a second chance.  After Halak re-injured his groin, Elliott was in a position to earn the number one spot once again.  With Jake Allen back up with the St. Louis Blues, Elliott would have to prove his worth, and he has done so in a major way.  Through the month of April, Elliott has posted a 7-1-0 record including some amazing shootout wins over teams like the Chicago Blackhawks and most recently the Phoenix Coyotes.

So what has Elliott looked like this season as a whole?  Well check out the infographic below and you can see that Elliott has not only found his game, but is on top of the NHL for the month.

Let’s hope that Elliott can maintain for the last five games of the season and lead the St. Louis Blues to victory in the postseason.


-Alex Hodschayan

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