The St. Louis Blues needed good news in a big way, and got it this weekend. The team was able to activate Jaroslav Halak from injured reserve and returned Jake Allen to the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL on Sunday, which means Halak is healthy enough to get back between the pipes.
Brian Elliott has struggled mightily in Halak’s absence, and the Blues have lost four straight games. For a team that had the best goals against average in the league last season, their current state of affairs is troubling. The Blues rank 23rd in the league in goals against this season, and have never needed Halak in net as much as they do now. Halak is 3-0 this season, allowing only two goals per game.
He left in the first period of the Blues’ 5-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 1. He was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury, thrusting Elliott into a situation he apparently wasn’t ready to handle. With three games on the slate this week, including another meeting with the Red Wings, the Blues will find out right away if Halak is back in top form. Expect to see him in net tomorrow night when the Blues host the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.
The news that Halak would return came on the heels of bad news for the team, as forward Jamie Langenbrunner announced he would miss the rest of the season due to a torn labrum in his hip that will require surgery.