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Brian Elliott will start for Blues in Game 3

Apr 15, 2012, 11:01 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 14: Brian Elliott #1 of the St. Louis Blues warms up before Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the San Jose Sharks during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on April 14, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Of all the teams that would lose their starting goalie, the St. Louis Blues seemed the most well-equipped to roll with the punches (with the possible exception of the Vancouver Canucks’ voluntary swap, as we’ll see tonight). Brian Elliott justified such a notion in Game 2 on Saturday, continuing Jaroslav Halak‘s shutout bid once the Blues’ more well-compensated netminder went down with a mysterious lower-body injury. The Associated Press reports that Elliott will get the start as the series shifts to San Jose, too, although one can only speculate if that’s matter of performance or Halak’s ill health.

Considering the amazing numbers Elliott put together in his opportunities, Halak’s injury might push Ken Hitchcock & Co. to the best decision to give the team a chance to go deep. While it’s easy to see why Halak’s style seemingly gives him a higher ceiling, Elliott’s positioning and size might actually be a better fit for the Blues’ suffocating system.

That’s especially true against the volume-shooting Sharks, who might just end up having a tougher time against Elliott.

(Honestly, it’s hard to say with certainty, though. Both netminders put up great numbers and each earned two victories against San Jose this season. Feel free to weigh the pros and cons of the two in the comments, much like you surely did in this poll.)

H/T to Rotoworld.

  1. itsallniceonice - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Might be an upgrade for Blues. Both had excellent years, but Elliot was red hot heading into the playoffs. If he’s still feeling it then good luck SJ.

  2. rebel21das - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Hopefully the Sharks can get to him early and get in Elliot’s head in game 3 at the Shark Tank…….Sharks need to get back on the grind. Go Sharks!

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