Elliott turned aside 44 of 46 shots in the Blues 3-2 win over the Blackhawks in game three. Elliott has had an excellent start to the series, going 2-1 with a 1.28 GAA, .963 SV% and one shutout. Elliott has been the star through the first three games and tonight he gets the nod in Chicago, where he will try and give the Blues a 3-1 series lead.
Brouwer (maintenance) missed the morning skate but will play in Game 2.
Brouwer was held off of the scoresheet in game one, but his line was very effective. He played over 22 minutes and had one shot and five hits. He has just 19 career playoff points (7G / 12A) in 79 career playoff games.
Backes (lower-body) missed Monday’s practice; will need to practice before he returns to the lineup.
Backes’ absence on Monday suggests that he won’t be available for Game 1 on Wednesday, but monitor his status during Tuesday’s practice to be sure. He is expected to be back at some point during the first round. Magnus Paajarvi will take his spot until he is able to go.
Allen (lower-body) will backup Brian Elliott in Game 1.
Allen missed the final three games of the regular season with a lower-body injury, but says he is 100 percent and will return as Elliott’s backup in the Blues’ series opener vs. Chicago. The Blues are set up nicely with a great goaltending duo heading into the postseason.
Elliott closed out the regular season on a low-note, allowing four goals on 26 shots in the Blues loss to the Capitals on Saturday. Despite the loss, he won six of his final eight starts with a 1.76 GAA, .933 SV% and three shutouts. With Jake Allen still nurturing an injury, so Elliott gets the call to start the Blues playoff series with Chicago. Elliott was 1-1-0 with a 3.03 GAA and .892 SV% in three starts against the Blackhawks this season.
Allen missed the final three games of the regular season and is trying to get back before Game 1 of the playoffs. Brian Elliott has already been confirmed for that game, but having Allen back would be great insurance for the Blues. Monitor his status as the week progresses. Allen won 26 games with a 2.35 GAA and .920 SV% in the regular season.
Fabbri (ankle) will return to the lineup on Saturday.
Fabbri has missed the last four games with an ankle injury, but will return to the lineup in the season finale on Saturday. Fabbri has enjoyed a lot of success this season, registering 18 goals and 19 assists (37 points) in 71 games.