Pressure’s On As Brian Elliott’s Out

In Monday night’s 6-3 disappointing loss to the San Jose Sharks, the Blues lost more than just two-points. Goaltender Brian Elliott left the game and was subsequently placed on injured reserve this morning with the expectation that he’ll be re-evaluated in a month’s time.


A little more than halfway through the first period Elliott collided with a Shark forward causing Elliott to sustain an injury. After a trainer evaluation, Elliott left the ice and Jake Allen stepped in.

The game, however, got out of hand as the Blues fell to the Sharks 6-3.

Allen came into the game after having not played since January 8th against the Anaheim Ducks in which he sustained a lower-body injury that had him on injured reserve until just last weekend.

Down the Stretch

There are a mere twenty games remaining in the regular season for the Blues and they will most likely be split between Jake Allen and recent call-up Pheonix Copley.

Although Allen has done rather well in his first season as a full-time NHL goaltender, Elliott’s injury hinders ability to alternate games as fluidly as before and no. 1’s experience will certainly be missed.

Jake Allen
Jake Allen will presumably take the bulk of the workload to close out the regular season for the Blues. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Allen and Copley have to find a way to simplify their games and work with the defense of the Blues to be as strong as possible. The forwards will need to up their defensive games as well, while also focusing on improving their offensive production.

The Blues currently sit 17th in the league in regards to goals for with 153 in 62 games played. While that isn’t nearly as bad as it could be, the majority of top teams find themselves in the top five in that regard.

While defense will certainly help St. Louis in the grind of postseason action, not being able to score and have consistency in doing so will lead to their elimination. That’s why it needs to be solved sooner rather than later.

Bottom Line

The injury to Elliott won’t destroy the Blues’ season, nor will it hinder their ability to win games. It will, however, make it that much harder to be successful in the playoffs, especially if the veteran net minder finds himself unable to suit-up for the most important games of the season.

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