Allen gave up an early goal in his NHL playoff debut, but rebounded to stop 25 of 27 shots in the Blues 4-2 loss in game 1. It was a good enough outing for Ken Hitchcock to go back to Allen in game 2 this afternoon. Allen will try to backstop the Blues to a win so they can head to Minnesota with the series tied up at 1-1.
Allen won four of five of five down the stretch, earning him the start in game 1. He was 22-7-4 with a 2.28 GAA and .913 SV% in his first full NHL season. He will need to be great as he goes head-to-head with Devan Dubnyk, who has been as hot as any net minder entering the playoffs.
Bortuzzo (undisclosed) will return to the lineup on Saturday.
Bortuzzo missed the last two games, but will be available for Saturday’s season finale. There is no word on who would come out of the lineup, but Bortuzzo could be in there to give someone a night off heading into the playoffs.
Elliott surrendered five goals on 32 shots in the Blues win in Dallas last Friday. Jake Allen has started four of the last five and played extremely well so Elliott will need a good outing tonight if he wants to start game 1 of the playoffs. He has gone 0-2-0 with a 5.11 GAA and .800 SV% in his first two starts against Minnesota.
Allen turned aside 30 of 31 shots in the Blues 1-0 loss to the Jets on Tuesday. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Allen, but he has been sensational over that stretch. He has posted an awesome 1.25 GAA and .956 SV% over that four-game span, so he will start for the fourth time in five games.