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Blues starters: Allen on Tuesday, Halak goes Wednesday

Feb 19, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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Could Jake Allen stay at the NHL level now that Jaroslav Halak is getting healthier?

That situation might start clearing up soon. Blues’ play-by-play guy Chris Kerber reports that Brian Elliott will back up Allen against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday while Jaroslav Halak will return as the starter in Wednesday’s match against the Avalanche in Colorado.

Allen, 22, brings a three-game winning streak (and a highlight reel save) into today’s contest vs. San Jose, which will start at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock might face a tough choice or two if Allen wins yet again. It’s unusual for a team to carry three healthy goalies at the same time, so Allen would face tough competition in the team’s starter in Halak and Elliott, who was an All-Star last season.

Overall, it’s likely a good problem to have, although Blues hope to see their goals allowed (3.13 per game, 23rd overall in the NHL) improve regardless.

  1. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Feb 19, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Where would they stash Elliott if Hitch decides to keep Allen? I’m pretty sure Elliott’s not on a two way deal for the first time in his career. Then again, I’m not really familiar with the NHL’s Byzantine contract structures.

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