ST. LOUIS - With Brian Elliott sidelined for a few weeks with a lower-body injury, Blues goalie Jake Allen will be between the pipes tonight (and for the foreseeable future) when the Blues host the Edmonton Oilers at 7 p.m. at Scottrade Center (FSMW, KMOX).
“It’s an unfortunate injury to Ells, a guy that’s been playing great all year,” Allen said after the morning skate. “He’s a big part of our team, but I’m looking forward to doing my best, treating it like another game, and hopefully he gets back soon.”
Jordan Binnington, who has a 1.89 goals-against average and a .925 save-percentage in nine games with the Chicago Wolves, will serve as the backup.
But due to Binnington’s lack of professional experience, the Blues invited Martin Brodeur to join the team for practice. Depending on the severity of Elliott’s injury and how Brodeur looks, the Blues could sign the future Hall-of-Famer to backup Allen before next week’s road trip to Chicago, Nashville and Long Island.
No matter what happens though, Allen is enjoying having Brodeur around.
“He was one of my favorite goalies growing up, so it’s pretty cool to have him around,” Allen said. “Hopefully I get to know him a little bit better the longer he’s here. He’s a guy with so much experience…you can’t have enough of that on the team.”
“I know Brian Elliott and Jake Allen have been doing a great job. I’m not here to disturb anything with what’s going on here,” Brodeur said. “There’s a need for somebody to help Jake right now with Brian being out. I’m just glad they’re giving me a good look here.”
DRIVING MR. BRODEUR
Blues forward Maxim Lapierre was asked to drive Brodeur to practice this morning, and he admits to being a little awe-struck.
“When I got the text…I looked at my wife and asked - what am I going to tell him?” Lapierre recalled. “I had his jersey in my room when I was young! But it’s fun - he’s a Hall of Famer. He loves the game, that’s why he’s here. Just listen to him talk. He’s a normal guy like everyone else.”
“Usually you’d think French guys all know each other, but it’s not true,” Brodeur said, laughing. “It was really nice of him (to drive), but again, I’ve got to get my own car here, now.”
Jay Bouwmeester will miss his third consecutive game with a lower-body injury tonight.
The Blues defenseman was injured last Saturday in Ottawa, ending his “Iron Man” streak at 737 games.
“(Bouwmeester) skated for a second day today,” Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said after the morning skate. “He’ll take tomorrow off, skate full with the training staff on Sunday and he’ll practice full with us on Monday.”
The Blues have won three straight games against Edmonton and eight of their last nine dating back to 2012.
David Backes has four goals and five assists (nine points) in his last nine games against Edmonton.
With a win tonight, Ken Hitchcock would tie former Blues Head Coach Mike Keenan for sixth on the NHL’s all-time wins list (671).