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Poll: Elliott or Halak, who should the Blues’ playoff starter be?


It’s rare that you cruise to the playoffs without having a clear number one goaltender, but that’s the situation the St. Louis Blues are in. Of course, in the case of the Blues, the reason they don’t have an obvious starter is that both of their goaltenders have been amazing this season. Netminders Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott have combined to win the Jennings Trophy for allowing less goals than any other NHL squad in 2011-12.

So who would you put in net in Game 1 of St. Louis’ first round series against San Jose? Elliott, who had nine shutouts in just 38 games and set the NHL’s modern-era GAA record? Or Halak, who has been almost as dominant this season and previously led the eighth place Montreal Canadiens all the way to the Eastern Conference finals in 2010?

Glencross released from another PTO, this time by Avs

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Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.

Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.

While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.

A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.

Slepyshev earns final Oilers roster spot; Draisaitl to AHL

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The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.

The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.

The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.

But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.

“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”

Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.