Brian Elliott was strong for the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday when he stopped 20 of 21 shots against the Ottawa Senators, and head coach Ken Hitchcock is rewarding the netminder with his second consecutive start tonight. St. Louis will be playing the Toronto Maple Leafs, and will be looking to kick out of a recent up-and-down stretch.
Hitch said same lineup Thursday vs. Toronto, which also includes Brian Elliott in goal. #stlblues
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Elliott has appeared in 10 games this season, and is 5-1-1 while sporting a .919 save percentage to go along with a strong 2.04 GAA. His goals against average is good for seventh in the NHL, and he has a shutout to boot.
Heading into the season, Jaroslav Halak was viewed as the No. 1 goalie for the Blues, but he’s been struggling to produce decent starts as of late. Halak has dropped two of his last three, and was especially dreadful on December 7 against the Anaheim Ducks. He gave up three goals on eight shots and was pulled less than eight minutes into the game.
So it appears that St. Louis will roll with the hotter hand for now. If Elliott continues to produce wins, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Hitchcock continue to start him for the next few contests.