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St. Louis Blues: Jaroslav Halak’s Continued Struggles A Cause For Concern

St. Louis Blues Halak Allen

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The St. Louis Blues saw their quest for a third consecutive win denied by the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night, as goaltender Jaroslav Halak struggled for the second straight time. Halak allowed three goals on 21 shots and lost for the fourth time since returning from a groin injury last month. While rookie Jake Allen has been great so far, he lacks the experience to take the team to the postseason and Halak’s performance needs to improve soon if the Blues hope to make the playoffs.

Halak has won just two games since returning, which has to be concerning for Blues fans. It was bad enough to see Brian Elliott get off to one of the worst starts of his career a season after posting the best goals against average in the league, but now the team has had to watch Halak struggle as well. Allen’s performance has been a relief for the team and a big part of why they’re not at the bottom of the standings. The rookie netminder is 5-1-0 with a 2.73 goals against average and has given the Blues an option if they decide that Elliott is expendable.

The next three games find the Blues facing the San Jose Sharks, Phoenix Coyotes and the Ducks at home. The Sharks sit just ahead of them in the standings at the moment and the Coyotes trail them by just a point, so both of those games have added importance. The Blues have struggled to win at home this season (5-5-1) and will try to start winning there tomorrow night.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL blogger for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JKatje or add him to you network on Google.