Ryan Miller got the start against the Colorado Avalanche and gave up four goals on 29 shots. For the fifth time in seven contests, the netminder has posted a sub-.900 save percentage, leaving the door cracked for Brian Elliott to grab a few more starts than expected.
He’ll get the nod tomorrow as the St. Louis Blues travel to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks.
Elliott will start Sunday against #Blackhawks
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) April 5, 2014
It’d be silly to read too far into this. It’s obviously a case of the backup getting to play on the second night of back-to-back games. It’s interesting that head coach Ken Hitchcock decided to roll out Miller against the Avalanche though, while “saving” Elliott for the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The ‘Hawks are terribly banged up right now though, so maybe it was just a matter of the coach giving Elliott a somewhat easier matchup. St. Louis has every reason to be fired up after getting chased out of their own building today though. They were outmatched by the Avalanche through the final two periods and couldn’t come up with an offensive push back.
Things could get interesting if Elliott pitches a shutout or comes up with a remarkable performance though. He’s been steady for the Blues all season long despite the changes that have been going on around him.
Brian Elliott made 24 saves, earning his 3rd straight win, improving to 18-5-2 overall this season.
— KMOXSports (@KMOXSports) April 4, 2014
Miller has been tabbed as “the man” moving forward towards the playoffs, but what happens if the Blues continue to crank out the wins while playing in front of Elliott? Again, there’s no goaltending controversy to be seen here but it’s a situation worth keeping an eye on as the regular season comes to a close.
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