One goalie down, another goalie up.
That’s sort of been the story in St. Louis this season, and it’ll continue tonight as Jake Allen — activated off IR earlier in the week — will make his first start since Jan. 8 when the Blues take on the Rangers.
Allen will inherit the starting gig from Brian Elliott, who started 18 consecutive games while Allen was out injured. Elliott, of course, will be out for the next month after suffering a lower-body ailment against the Sharks on Monday.
There promises to be more than Ken Hitchcock’s watchful eye on Allen moving forward, as Blues fans and observers will be curious to see how the goaltending pans out. Elliott was nothing short of brilliant during his run as the No. 1 netminder, but Allen — 18-11-3 on the year, with a .923 save percentage and 2.18 GAA — is penciled in as St. Louis’ long-term starter, and likely to be in goal by the time the playoffs begin.
For New York, Henrik Lundqvist is in goal.
— Michael Neuvirth will start for the fourth time in five games as the Flyers host the Wild. Devan Dubnyk goes for Minnesota.