Advantage Elliott? Back spasms sideline Jake Allen

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It’s way, way too early to get too worried or excited about anything in training camps.

That doesn’t mean that the pre-season exists in a bubble, so when someone gets hurt, the situations should be monitored. The St. Louis Blues are doing just that with Jake Allen, who’s dealing with back spasms, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford reports.

Again, Blues fans shouldn’t freak out; Ken Hitchcock said he’ll “keep an eye on” Allen.

St. Louis is also in a solid position if back issues become a persistent headache for their hopeful-goalie-of-the-future. Brian Elliott sporadically distinguishes himself as a legit No. 1 goalie, albeit not frequently enough to really earn total trust from management.

Whether it’s been Jaroslav Halak or Ryan Miller or now Allen, Elliott seems constantly on the verge of being phased out.

This seems like a good time to ask this question, actually: which goalie would the Blues be better off leaning toward?