While the storyline hasn’t played out how anyone would have thought heading into the season, the St. Louis Blues look poised to return to the playoffs behind an All-Star performance from their goaltenders. After an awful start to the season, a two-game AHL rehab stint with the Peoria Rivermen seems to have gotten Brian Elliott back on track, and he has won four straight games while recording two shutouts. The Blues have also gotten an amazing season out of rookie Jake Allen, which has helped alleviate the pain of multiple injuries to Jaroslav Halak.
Elliott has only allowed four goals in the last four games, helping the Blues move up to sixth place in the Western Conference standings and only two points away from fourth place. Halak remains out with a lower body injury, and could miss most of the rest of the regular season. Allen is back up from the AHL and is 9-3-0 on the season.
The additions of defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Jordan Leopold have strengthened things on the defensive end, as evidenced by the meager 15 shots the Blues allowed to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. The re-emergence of Elliott as a top goaltender is great news for the Blues as they streak towards the playoffs, and while he may not win the William M. Jennings Trophy for a second straight season Elliott is doing his best make fans and critics forget about his 0-6-1 record in February and March.