Jordan Binnington: The Naughty List
It almost seems unfair to put Jordan Binnington on the naughty list after the season he has had. He recently completed a stint on the COVID protocol list and recently returned to action in a 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
However, his numbers this season are nothing to put on your list to Santa. They are aggressively average and is primarily why he landed on the naughty list this Christmas.
In 17 games this season, Binnington has an 8-6-3 record, a .910 save percentage, and has allowed 2.87 goals per game.
You can make the case that Binnington has been the Blues’ third-best goalie this season behind Charlie Lindgren and Ville Husso. The discussion that St. Louis’ defense plays better in front of Lindgren or Husso is absurd, but sometimes it does appear that way when he is in the net.
Binnington is still the best goalie on the Blues roster, and he shouldn’t be in any danger of losing his starting spot once the season resumes. However, it will be interesting to see how Craig Berube balances Binnington and the combination of Husso and Lindgren.
Husso seems close to a return, which may mean the departure of Lindgren back to the AHL. Husso, this season has been great with a 3-2-1 record, and a .927 save percentage, and a 2.46 goals allowed average.
It should be Binnington’s net when the Blues return to action, but as of now, he remains on the naughty list for the 2021-22 season.