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Blues to give Allen first NHL start tonight vs. Detroit

Feb 13, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

Jake Allen

The St. Louis Blues are switching things up in goal — again.

According to the Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford, rookie netminder Jake Allen will make his first NHL start on Wednesday when the Blues take on the Red Wings in Detroit (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

Allen has made two brief appearances for the Blues over the last two seasons. In 2011-12, he played 1:07 of relief in the playoffs in a second-round loss to Los Angeles.

This year, he played 30:40 in relief of Brian Elliott during a 6-1 loss to the Predators, allowing two goals on eight shots.

St. Louis’ second-round pick (34th overall) at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Allen was a standout goalie at the junior level, having won CHL goaltender of the year in 2010 and leading Canada to a silver medal at that year’s World Junior tournament.

He was recalled from AHL Peoria on Tuesday after Jaroslav Halak re-injured his groin during warmups prior to Monday’s 4-1 loss in Los Angeles.

Halak’s injury forced Ken Hitchcock to play the struggling Brian Elliott against the Kings. That game was supposed to be Allen’s, but he was dispatched to Peoria after Halak had been cleared to face Los Angeles.

  1. tridecagon - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Something – anything – to shake things up and stop the bleeding.

    • withseidelinn - Feb 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Constantly switching up tenders makes it tough on defencemen to play smoothly. Hopefully the Blues can turn things around – I did not see this slump coming at all. I had them pegged as a 1 or 2 seed in the West. Elliot and Halak need to get on their game.

      • tridecagon - Feb 13, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        The goaltending numbers have not been good, and Elliot certainly has not played well – but the skaters are not playing the same tight-checking, defensive game that was a major reason why Halak and Elliot won the Jennings last year. Save percentage is down, but far too many of the shots being taken are high-quality scoring chances.

      • blues1988 - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        FYI halak has not played in like 5 or 6 games. its been elliot gettin lit up for the past few games. hopefully the fact that we have a rookie in goalie will make the d step up again. like tride said below me the skaters are not playing like they were last year, so they really need to step it up in order for us to turn it around.

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