Jake Allen G STL 2 days ago

Coach Ken Hitchcock indicated after Thursday's Game 1 that Allen will be in net again for Game 2 against the Wild, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

Allen was praised by Hitchcock following Monday's game, with the coach saying his play was "great." The netminder finished the contest with 25 saves on 27 shots, but it wasn't enough as the Blues fell 4-2. It appears he may be the favorite to start moving forward, but Brian Elliott is also available should Allen falter.

Jake Allen G STL 2 days ago

Allen played well in Thursday's Game 1 against Minnesota, stopping 25 of 27 shots, but it wasn't enough in a 4-2 loss.

Thanks to a quirky last minute-plus, Allen actually gave up as many goals as opposing netminder Devan Dubnyk, as the Wild potted two empty-netters. Despite Allen's strong play, it remains to be seen how the Blues will parcel out the goalie time going forward following the loss.

Jake Allen G STL 3 days ago

Allen will be between the pipes for Game 1 of the Blues' first-round playoff series against the Wild, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

After sticking with his struggling veteran netminder last postseason in Ryan Miller, coach Ken Hitchcock decided not to go down that path again, as the up-and-coming Allen will draw the nod over Brian Elliott, who slumped badly down the stretch. Allen earned the trust of the coaching staff by allowing two or fewer goals in each of his last seven starts, earning the win on five of those occasions. Despite his strong play, Allen's lack of postseason experience may give him a short leash in the event he unexpectedly struggles in Game 1.

Jake Allen G STL 1 week ago

Allen stopped 21 of 22 shots Thursday in a 2-1 win against the Blackhawks.

The red-hot Allen continues making things awfully tough on the Blues, having now delivered four straight one-goal efforts. Maybe Brian Elliott plays Saturday in a playoff tuneup, and maybe Elliott draws the initial playoff start, but you get the feeling that if the Blues lose one postseason game with Elliott in net, they'll turn right to Allen. And they should, considering the way he's playing right now.

Jake Allen G STL 1 week ago

Allen will be in the crease for Thursday's game against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Allen was on the losing end of Tuesday's game against the Jets, but he gave up just one goal on 31 shots, as he was outdueled by Ondrej Pavelec. Despite the defeat, Allen still has performed far better than Brian Elliott the last couple of weeks, which puts the Blues in a bit of a bind as the postseason approaches. Coach Ken Hitchcock recently reiterated that Elliott would be his No. 1 goalie heading into the playoffs, but Allen's continued dominance may ultimately force his hand.

Jake Allen G STL 2 weeks ago

Allen made 30 saves, but the one goal he gave up was one too many in a 1-0 loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday.

So ends Allen's three-game winning streak, but not his run of hot play, as he's delivered save marks of .920 or better in six consecutive starts. The Blues have two games left, both at home -- against the Blackhawks on Thursday and the Wild on Saturday -- and it seems likely that Allen will start at least one of them as the Blues gear up for the playoffs.

Jake Allen G STL 2 weeks ago

Allen is slated to start Tuesday's game against the Jets, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The Blues will stick with the hot hand Tuesday, with Allen having earned wins in his last three starts, including Sunday's 2-1 triumph over Chicago.

Jake Allen G STL 2 weeks ago

Allen was phenomenal Sunday, stopping 38 of 39 shots in a win over Chicago.

What a performance from Allen, who is now 10-1-2 in his last 13 games. He's allowed just six goals in his last four games, dropping his GAA to 2.36 -- 16th best in the NHL. With Brian Elliott struggling, the Blues could continue to play the hot hand and keep the 24-year-old Allen rolling.

Jake Allen G STL 2 weeks ago

Allen will be between the pipes for Sunday's game against the Blackhawks, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.

Though the Blues were able to escape with a 7-5 win Friday night, Brian Elliott's recent swoon could be warranting some concern with the postseason approaching. Coach Ken Hitchcock has continued to stand by Elliott as his No. 1 netminder, but Allen's workload has begun to increase in recent weeks, and may not die down in the near future. Allen has won three of his last five starts, posting a .936 save percentage during that stretch.

Jake Allen G STL 2 weeks ago

Allen stopped 17 of 18 shots Thursday in a 4-1 win over Calgary.

The Blues' skaters put a whopping 42 shots on Jonas Hiller on the other end while largely keeping the Flames far away from Allen. While he's seen limited action, Allen has been a generally reliable option between the pipes whenever he does get the call over Brian Elliott.