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Jake Allen sustained an injury in the Blues’ recent road clash with Anaheim. His injury was caused by a collision with Ducks forward Corey Perry, and we saw him depart with knee issues. Jake has been described as week-to-week in recovery. What that means is very simple—Brian Elliott is the new net-minder for St. Louis.
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Elliott's presence and performance are key factors right now until Jake Allen gets healthy again. This will be a big opportunity for Elliott to prove his worth on the roster as a capable and dynamic goaltender, despite the scrutiny he’s faced thus far.
Elliott had to battle for playing time with Allen—who is edging Elliott in numbers with a .924 save percentage to Elliott’s .917. Jake has allowed 2.17 goals against on average to Brian’s 2.38. However, when you consider the 1,883 minutes Allen has played to Elliott’s 958, it’s obvious that Hitch has turned more to number 34 in this year's campaign…and he’s been rewarded.
But toss the numbers aside—Elliott is the option now, and he will be heavily relied upon. He’ll need to step up his game and work for a solid 60 minutes, night in and night out, for the Blues as Allen recovers. No pressure, eh?