Goalie nods: Allen’s back, but Elliott remains Blues’ starter

Jake Allen has been activated from injured reserve and is ready to go.

He won’t, however, go this evening.

When the Blues host the Sharks at Scottrade, it’ll be Brian Elliott making his 18th consecutive start, looking to expand on a five-game winning streak over which he’s posted a 1.99 GAA and .931 save percentage.

Those numbers are a big part of the reason why he’s facing the Sharks.

Elliott has been a revelation since Allen went down to injury on Jan. 8. The Blues have gone 12-3-2 over their last 17 games, despite the fact the offense has sputtered — there was a five-game stretch from Jan. 20 to Feb. 4 in which the Blues only scored five times, and a three-game stretch from Feb. 14-18 in which they won three straight games by a 2-1 scoreline.

(With two of those wins coming in OT.)

For the Sharks, Martin Jones gets the start in goal.

Elsewhere…

Joonas Korpisalo makes his 12th straight start for the Blue Jackets, who are in Boston. The B’s look as though they’ll give Tuukka Rask a rest, and start Jonas Gustavsson.

Louis Domingue, yanked in a loss to St. Louis over the weekend, is back in goal as the Coyotes play in Washington. Braden Holtby assumes his usual starter’s role for the Caps.

— It’s Pekka Rinne versus Mike Condon as the Preds take on the Habs in Montreal.

 

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