Seven games into the season, there’s a question mark rising in the St. Louis Blues crease. What seemed to be one of the few sure things in training camp, is now an area of concern.
Starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak has had a horrendous start to the season with a .835 save percentage to go along with a 1-4 record. On average, the Blues have outshot their opponents by 8 shots per game, yet also rank 8th in goals allowed per game. There’s no doubt that shoddy net-minding has taken a big part in St. Louis’ shaky start.
Backup Brian Elliott boasts a .930 save percentage and has won both contests that he’s started in net. Add to the equation that he’s been clutch in pressure situations and already has a couple “highlight reel” saves and the beginnings of a goalie controversy are in order.
Look for Halak to bounce back, as he’s responded very well to pressure and goalie battles in the past. In the 2009-2010 season, when he made his infamous playoff run with the Canadians, he split time with Carey Price and ended the season with a .924 save percentage and 2.40 goals against average.