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Poll: Elliott or Halak, who should the Blues’ playoff starter be?

Apr 8, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

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It’s rare that you cruise to the playoffs without having a clear number one goaltender, but that’s the situation the St. Louis Blues are in. Of course, in the case of the Blues, the reason they don’t have an obvious starter is that both of their goaltenders have been amazing this season. Netminders Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott have combined to win the Jennings Trophy for allowing less goals than any other NHL squad in 2011-12.

So who would you put in net in Game 1 of St. Louis’ first round series against San Jose? Elliott, who had nine shutouts in just 38 games and set the NHL’s modern-era GAA record? Or Halak, who has been almost as dominant this season and previously led the eighth place Montreal Canadiens all the way to the Eastern Conference finals in 2010?

  1. bojangles83 - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Why change what got them there?, keep alternating starts.

  2. id4joey - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Because this is a different season, different atmosphere, different pressure, different dynamics. How many teams in the history of the NHL has won the Cup with alternating goalies?

  3. watermelon1 - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    How many teams have tried it?

  4. id4joey - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Do you think with all the financial gains at stake with winning the Cup, let alone a playoff series the coach is going to experiment? C’mon! Every game in the playoff is 1.5m in the bank account. No pay for the players means the playoffs are about replacing red ink with black.

  5. quonce - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:24 AM


  6. id4joey - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Yep! He leads the league in GAA and SVPT and is second in SO.

  7. rainyday56 - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Doesn’t matter who starts, Sharks are going to bounce this micro-managed playoff neophyte in 6 games or less. Say what you want about the Sharks being chokers – that usually happens in later rounds.

    • danphipps01 - Apr 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      Bahahahahaha. Oh, that’d be hilarious if they weren’t too busy finding exciting new ways to utterly suck.

  8. exilerugby - Apr 8, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!! Both have earned the right to play.

  9. barbarian9 - Apr 8, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Halak. He is a proven playoff warrior.

  10. finswins - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Blues in 6. They are the better team right now. They have 4 lines that can keep coming at you in waves. Sharks need to worry about even scoring a goal against these guys!!

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