This morning the St. Louis Blues activated goaltender Jake Allen from Injured Reserve. Allen, 25, has been on IR since January 9th, leaving the Blues’ net in the capable hands of Brian Elliott, who has been the reason behind their recent excellent run of play.
Prior to the injury, Allen had made a case for himself as the Blues’ No 1 net minder. This season, he’s gon 18-10-3, with a save percentage of 0.924 and a goals against average of 2.17, both career bests. Last season, though he boasted a better record (22-7-4) in the same number of games started (32), his statistics weren’t quite so stellar – his save percentage was only 0.913, and his GAA was slightly higher, at 2.28.
This year, he’s also put up five shutouts, which is tied with Martin Jones for second best in the NHL.
Unfortunately for Allen, his job isn’t as secure as it was when he left. Since Allen’s absence, Elliott has proven why he was the starter for so many years, going 11-3-2, and boosting his save percentage this year up to 0.931, with a 2.06 GAA.
Allen will likely get several starts as the Blues look to recapture second place in their division, but St. Louis once again has set themselves up for a goalie controversy as they head into the playoffs.