The St. Louis Blues have put together a three-game winning streak behind the stellar goaltending of rookie Jake Allen and a balanced offensive attack. The Blues will now head to Western Canada for three games, which will give former starting netminder Jaroslav Halak at least one start and a chance to get things back on track.
Coach Ken Hitchcock has already named Allen as the starter for Tuesday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. Allen has won all five games he has started in March, and eight of the nine games he has started this season. If there’s one thing the Blues will have going for them on this road trip, it’s that they will be more well-rested than their opponents. The Blues have been off since Saturday, while the Canucks play the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.
Halak will get the nod on Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers, which will be his first start in two weeks. It has been a pretty rough year for Halak, who missed a lot of time with a groin injury and has only managed a 5-3-1 record. He still sports a respectable 2.38 goals-against average but his .881 save percentage reflects how bad things have been after a 2011-12 season that saw him and Brian Elliott win the William M. Jennings Trophy.
The final game of the road trip is Sunday against the Calgary Flames. Allen most likely gets the start for this game, which is probably the most favorable match-up of the three-game set. All things considered, if the Blues can take four points or more from this trip it will go a long way toward their postseason hopes. Seeing Halak get back on track Saturday night, however, would be even better.