Brian Elliott G STL 4 months ago

Elliott stopped six of seven shots in relief of Jake Allen in Sunday's series-ending Game 6 loss to the Wild.

It was the only appearance of the postseason for Elliott, as the Blues opted to go with 24-year-old Jake Allen instead. While the youngster didn't have the best postseason, Elliott was disappointing in the second-half of the regular season and didn't do anything to win over coach Ken Hitchcock. While his .897 career playoff save percentage is a concern, Elliott had a strong season overall and will be a good fantasy option once again in 2015-16.

Brian Elliott G STL 5 months ago

Elliott will serve as the backup to Jake Allen in Game 1 of the Blues' first-round playoff series against the Wild, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

While Elliott has ranked as the Blues' top option in goal for much of the season, his post-All Star break funk (2.66 GAA, .904 save percentage in 24 second-half outings) will end up costing him the No. 1 gig heading into the playoffs. Allen has certainly earned the appointment with his stellar play down the stretch, but given his relative youth, he probably doesn't have a stranglehold on the starting job. Elliott could reemerge if Allen falters early in the series.

Brian Elliott G STL 5 months ago

Elliott picked up the victory Saturday against the Wild, stopping 23 of 25 shots in the 4-2 win.

It was a strong outing for Elliott, but with both the Wild and Blues resting several of their regulars Saturday, it doesn't necessarily provide a good template for how the teams will match up when they reconvene for Game 1 of their playoff series Thursday. While it was good to see Elliott play solidly, his overall decline in performance down the stretch will put his status as the Blues' No. 1 netminder in question entering the postseason. After coach Ken Hitchcock was burned by his fierce loyalty to Ryan Miller last postseason at Elliott's expense, he may be inclined to turn to the red-hot Jake Allen this time around.

Brian Elliott G STL 5 months ago

Elliott will start Saturday's regular-season finale against the Wild.

Elliott allowed three or more goals in each of his previous four appearances, while Jake Allen allowed exactly one goal in each of his last four starts. Even if Elliott turns in a gem Saturday, Allen may get the starting nod to open the playoffs.

Brian Elliott G STL 5 months ago

Elliott stopped 27 of 32 shots in Friday's win over the Stars.

Not the best night for Elliott, who still managed to pick up his first win in five games. While he owns a great 25-14-3 record on the season, the 29-year-old has given up 14 goals in his last four games, dropping his save percentage to .916. He's been outstanding this season, but this recent rough patch has many questioning whether he'll be able to lead the Blues on a deep playoff run. If things don't pan out, the Blues could turn to 24-year-old Jake Allen and his impressive 20-6-4 record.

Brian Elliott G STL 5 months ago

Elliott will start in net Friday against the Stars, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

Elliott has been struggling in net lately, losing each of his last four starts between the pipes. He's still considered the Blues' top goaltender as the team heads into the playoffs, but Jake Allen has performed well enough that both of the netminders will likely see time in goal when it rolls around.

Brian Elliott G STL 5 months ago

Elliott allowed three goals on just 21 shots in Monday's 4-1 loss to the Canucks.

Elliott has now dropped four straight, and Monday's 18 saves actually marked his highest total in that department in his past three games. Jake Allen received consecutive starts last week and despite coach Ken Hitchcock's recent reassurance that Elliott will start the majority of the games down the stretch, it's possible the goalie situation will become more fluid while the 29-year-old struggles.

Brian Elliott G STL 5 months ago

Elliott is slated to start Monday's game against the Canucks, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.

Elliott, who is winless in his last three turns, will look to turn things around Monday against a Vancouver squad that has dropped two straight games by a combined tally of 8-4.

Brian Elliott G STL 5 months ago

Elliott is slated to start Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.

Moreover, Korac relays via coach Ken Hitchcock that Elliott is in line to see the majority of the Blues' starts heading into playoffs, noting that Hitchcock rewarded Jake Allen for his strong game in Detroit last Sunday with another start in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Brian Elliott G STL 5 months ago

Elliott was yanked after allowing four goals on 16 shots in a 6-3 loss to the Wild on Saturday.

This was Elliott's third consecutive start as coach Ken Hitchcock was rewarding him for allowing just a single goal in the previous two starts against Winnipeg and Calgary. Despite strong ratios (.921 save percentage, 2.16 GAA), Elliott has been rather inconsistent at times and as such hasn't fully taken over the starting duties in St. Louis this season. Jake Allen is starting Sunday against Detroit, and if he plays well, it's anybody's guess who'll get the keys to the crease in the games that follow. Owners of both will want to keep a close eye on things.