Brian Elliott G STL 19 Days
Elliot stopped 23 shots in St. Louis' 4-1 win over Calgary on Saturday night.
It was a nice bounce back from Thursday's so-so start and worthy of the game's second star. He'll be pushed by Jake Allen this season, so we hope to see more efforts like this to start the season.
Brian Elliott G STL 20 Days
Elliott will be in goal Saturday against the Flames, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Elliott was only so-so in his first outing of the season Thursday against the Rangers, surrendering a late goal in the third period to take a 3-2 loss. Coach Ken Hitchcock's decision to return the net to Brian Elliott shows he's got a bit of a leash on the starting role, but he still looks unlikely to approach the 60-start plateau that many of the league's elite netminders will reach.
Brian Elliott G STL 21 Days
Elliott allowed three goals on 25 shots, including the game-winner by Rick Nash late in the third period, in Thursday's season-opening loss to the Rangers.
It wasn't a bad effort by Elliott, who made some really nice saves, but ended up getting the short end of the stick due to some defensive and own-zone breakdowns by the Blues. Jake Allen's going to figure into the mix here, so it'll be interesting to see who's tabbed for Saturday's game against Calgary.
Brian Elliott G STL 22 Days
Elliott will be in the net for Thursday's season opener against the Rangers, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Backing up what coach Ken Hitchcock had reiterated for months, Elliott will open the campaign as the nominal No. 1 goalie, despite the presence of the talented Jake Allen behind him on the depth chart. Hitchcock has been reluctant to explain how he plans on divvying out the starts between the two netminders, but it's assumed that the veteran Elliott will see the larger side of the timeshare. However, if Elliott stumbles more than expected in the early going, the Blues likely wouldn't hesitate to hand Allen more frequent starts.
Brian Elliott G STL 25 Days
Elliott had a tough night Saturday letting in five goals on 33 shots in a loss to the Wild.
Elliott and Jake Allen alternated starts for much of the preseason and that should continue to start the regular season. Elliott is penciled in to start the Blues' opener on October 9 against the Rangers.
Brian Elliott G STL 29 Days
Elliott stopped 20 of 21 shots he faced Tuesday in a win over Carolina. He played the whole game for the Blues.
Elliott and Jake Allen have each played full games in consecutive starts. The alternating pattern seems likely to hold into the regular season as both goalies figure to see lots of starts. Elliott is prone to hot streaks and could end up with the greater number of starts, but he is not likely to be a 60-plus game workhorse like some of the NHL's elite goalies.
Brian Elliott G STL 2 Months
Coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed Thursday that Elliott will open the season as the No. 1 goaltender for the Blues, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
The assignment to No. 1 duties was rather obvious after the Blues let Ryan Miller walk in the offseason, instead re-signing Elliott to a three-year deal. After Elliott competed with for the starting job with the since-departed Jaroslav Halak the last couple of seasons, Hitchcock said that Elliott earned the opportunity to open the campaign as the unquestioned starter based on his substantial improvement in 2013-14. The 29-year-old may not see the workload of some of the league's top netminders with top prospect Jake Allen lurking behind him on the depth chart, but thanks to an elite offense and defense to support him, Elliott figures to produce outstanding numbers on a per-game basis. In his 31 appearances last season, he delivered a 18-6-2 record, 1.96 GAA and .922 save percentage.
Brian Elliott G STL 3 Months
Brian Elliott is looking forward to working with Jake Allen.
Elliott and Allen will be competing for the starting gig in 2014-15, although Elliott is likely to end up starting in more games. "I'm looking forward to it," Elliott said. "I think we have the most similar types of personalities of anyone that I've played with. We've texted back and forth over the summer a little bit. I think he's coming to Madison (Wis.) just before training camp to work together." Elliott's an interesting case as he's had some tremendous stretches, but he's also suffered a few complete collapses and that makes it hard to completely trust him. He had a great 1.96 GAA and .922 save percentage in 31 games last season though.
Brian Elliott G STL 5 Months
Brian Elliott thinks he has a "fair fight" on his hands for the starting gig in St. Louis.
Elliott is expected to compete with Jake Allen after inking a three-year, $7.5 million contract. Allen is the guy the Blues want to see assume the job in the long-term, but Elliott probably has the inside track for the 2014-15 campaign, given his edge in experience. Elliott felt like the underdog in the battle against Jaroslav Halak and that was certainly the case during Ryan Miller's brief tenure, but Elliott thinks his new contract proves the Blues are willing to give him an opportunity to win the starting job. "I feel like I have been getting better my three years in St. Louis and I just want to continue that upward trend," Elliott said.
Brian Elliott G STL 5 Months
Brian Elliott has agreed to a three-year, $7.5 million contract extension with the St. Louis Blues.
It looks like after years of being a capable backup, the Blues are willing to give Elliott a chance to serve as the team's starting goaltender. He'll have to compete with Jake Allen for that job, but Elliott should have the inside track. Historically, Elliott has been an incredibly streaky goaltender and that can make him painful from a fantasy perspective. However, he still wouldn't be a bad pickup in the latter half of standard fantasy drafts, assuming the Blues don't alter their goaltending situation any further.