Hitchcock on injured Halak: 2-3 weeks before ‘we know what’s going on’

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It’s a good thing for the Blues that Brian Elliott is starting to play like 2011-12 Brian Elliott, because it doesn’t sound like Jaroslav Halak (groin) is guaranteed to be ready for the playoffs.

“Not skating, not practicing, so probably two or three weeks before we know what’s going on,” St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock said of Halak today, per NHL.com’s Dan Rosen.

The playoffs are scheduled to start April 30.

Halak, 27, was also injured (ankle) for much of last year’s postseason, leaving the goaltending duties to Elliott.

For now, the Blues will once again have to rely on Elliott, with rookie Jake Allen in the backup role.