Carrying three goalies not ‘troublesome’ for Blues


When Brian Elliott returned from injury, many figured that would be the end for Martin Brodeur with the St. Louis Blues.

Didn’t happen. The Blues decided to carry three goalies — Elliott, Brodeur and youngster Jake Allen — on the roster, something that teams generally try to avoid.

“I don’t think it’s troublesome now,” coach Ken Hitchcock said recently, per Fox Sports Midwest. “I think our focus right now is on Elliott, keeping him up and running and then the other two guys are going to have to wait their turn.”

In keeping Broduer, it may be the Blues want an insurance policy in case Elliott can’t stay healthy. Allen, after all, has only made 31 NHL starts in his career, and he hasn’t been all that great this season, with a .899 save percentage in 19 appearances.

Hitchcock also pointed to Brodeur’s “winning pedigree” as something the future Hall of Famer brings to the team.

Elliott is expected to start tonight against the Sharks.

Report: Wild are gauging goalie trade market


Considering the fact that head coach Mike Yeo called out a particular overtime goal and plenty have pointed out the Minnesota Wild’s problems in net already, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that the team is reportedly looking for a netminder.

Just in case you were wondering, that does indeed seem to be the case, as GM Chuck Fletcher is testing the goalie trade market, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

What General Manager Chuck Fletcher is gauging is this: Do you give up significant assets now to get a short-term fix when there’s no guarantee a goalie can save the season or do you stay patient, continue to ride out the instability and wait for the right move to come along that will address the long-term need?

Fletcher didn’t comment on the issue, yet it’s hard to imagine a general manager who wouldn’t ask around at this point.

The Star-Tribune lists the following goalies as possibilities: Cam Ward, Antti Niemi, Jhonas Enroth, Michal Neuvirth, Viktor Fasth and Martin Brodeur.

Obviously, those netminders represent a wide array of different considerations, from pricey with term remaining (Ward), expensive but expiring deal (Niemi) and cheap-but-big-name (Brodeur).

With Yeo letting loose on his team during a recent practice and tension seemingly coming to a head in general, the Wild must at least explore avenues to improve. Who would you target if you were in Fletcher’s shoes?

Ducks ‘find a way’ to win again


When it comes to the analytical side of the game, the Anaheim Ducks aren’t necessarily tearing up the National Hockey League. According to, they’re 17th in the league at Corsi in five-on-five situations. They score plenty of goals, but they also give up plenty of goals, too.

Yet, now 40 games into their season, they sit atop the league standings with 25 wins and 56 points.

They were victorious Friday over the St. Louis Blues, as Matt Beleskey scored the winning goal just past the midway mark of the third period. That’s goal No. 16 on the season for Beleskey, whose previous career in goals was 11 back in 2009-10.

Against the Blues, the Ducks were outshot, especially in the second period, yet managed to escape in a tied game going into the third period. Enter Beleskey, and his heroics. Anaheim was also able to solve 42-year-old goalie Martin Brodeur, who has allowed four or more goals in three of his seven appearance since joining the Blues.

“We find a way. We’re used to this situation. When we need to do it, we find a way,” said Ducks’ head coach Bruce Boudreau, as per the club’s Twitter account.

Goalie nods: Brodeur starts for Blues, Price goes for 200th win in 400th game


All the latest from the crease…

Brodeur looks to build off of Monday’s shutout

There was talk before St. Louis’ game on Monday that it might be Martin Brodeur’s final start as Brian Elliott was on the verge of returning from a knee injury. However, after Brodeur posted a 16-save shutout against Patrick Roy’s Colorado Avalanche, it was quickly determined that he would stay on the roster and play again.

Brodeur will get his next opportunity tonight against Anaheim, but his situation remains fragile given that the Blues have three healthy goaltenders on their roster, including Jake Allen.

The 42-year-old netminder will play against 25-year-old Frederik Andersen.

Price goes for win 200 in game 400

If Brodeur wins tonight it will be victory 692. He’s been so successful that it’s almost hard to wrap your head around just how incredible his win total is, but one way of doing so is by looking at his peers.

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price turned 27 in August and has been one of the league’s top goaltenders for a little while now. He’s been dominate again this season with a 20-9-1 record, 2.19 GAA, and .928 save percentage in 30 games. If he reaches the 200-win mark tonight, it will be something worth celebrating and he’ll become one of just 10 active goaltenders to reach that milestones. And as far Brodeur, everyone is in his shadow, not just Price. He has nearly double the amount of career wins as the next highest active goalie (Roberto Luongo, 387).

Brodeur’s former squad, the New Jersey Devils, will be Montreal’s opponents tonight and will counter with Keith Kinkaid.


Panthers at Sabres: Roberto Luongo vs. Michal Neuvirth

Lightning at Penguins: Ben Bishop vs. Thomas Greiss

Flyers at Hurricanes: Steve Mason vs. Cam Ward

Leafs at Wild: Jonathan Bernier will start with Toronto; Darcy Kuemper is probable for Minnesota.

Oilers at Avs: There’s no word on who will start with Colorado, but Ben Scrivens will start for Edmonton.

Isles at Flames: Jaroslav Halak vs. Jonas Hiller

Goalie nods: Elliott returns, Brodeur isn’t done

All the latest from the crease…

Elliott returns for the Blues

Brian Elliott will get his first start since Nov. 25 when the St. Louis Blues take on the Nashville Predators tonight.

The Blues signed Martin Brodeur to help fill the void while Elliott was sidelined with a knee injury. Brodeur was less than ideal in his efforts to fill the void, but the future Hall of Fame goaltender did post a 16-save shutout on Monday. That won’t be his last start either as the Blues have already penciled Brodeur in for either Friday or Saturday’s game, per their Twitter feed.

Meanwhile Jake Allen will serve as Elliott’s backup tonight as St. Louis tries to balance its three goaltenders.

Nashville will counter with Pekka Rinne.


Habs at Panthers: Carey Price will likely start against Roberto Luongo.

Kings at Oilers: Los Angeles hasn’t revealed its starter, but Edmonton will send out Ben Scrivens.

Canucks at Sharks: It’s not yet known who Vancouver will start; San Jose is expected to go with Alex Stalock.