ST. LOUIS --
Getting the ship righted in goal is an area that's a must for the Blues, and Brian Elliott
will spell the struggling Jaroslav Halak
against the Canes tonight.
Halak, who began last season with an 8-1-1 record, a 1.46 goals-against average and .944 save percentage, is only 1-4-0 with a 3.47 GAA and .835 save percentage.
"You've got a proud athlete," coach Davis Payne
said of Halak. "He knows he's got to get better. He's accountable to it. He's not hiding from that fact. His assessment is no different from ours. We know where we are and we know where we've got to go. He's a good goaltender. He's going to put the work in and he's going to be a good goaltender."
Elliott is 1-0-0 with a 2.26 GAA and .929 save percentage in two games. In his only start against San Jose, Elliott stopped 34 shots, including a highlight-reel save on the Sharks' Dan Boyle
in a 3-2 game late in the third period.
Payne said the decision to go with Elliott tonight is simple.
"The way he played in San Jose, the way he played in the third period against L.A. and Jaro's play," Payne said. "Quite simply put, (Elliott) has given us a chance. He needs to give us another."
Here's how the lineups for tonight's game should look:
- David Backes
- Chris Stewart
- Patrik Berglund
- T.J. Oshie
- Jason Arnott
- Jamie Langenbrunner
- Scott Nichol
- Evgeny Grachev
- Kevin Shattenkirk
- Alex Pietrangelo
- Roman Polak
Elliott gets the start in goal; Halak will be the backup. No decision has been made yet who starts Saturday night in Philadelphia.
Colaiacovo (concussion) has been taken off of injured reserve and will be back in the lineup tonight. He missed the previous five games after being injured in the season-opener Oct. 8.
"Three good practices under his belt, but a solid practice yesterday, handled the pace and the competitive aspect of it," Payne said of Colaiacovo. "He should be ready to go, give us a boost."
- Eric Staal
- Tuomo Ruutu
- Brandon Sutter
- Patrick Dwyer
- Jeff Skinner
- Chad LaRose
- Tim Brent
- Anthony Stewart
- Bryan Allen
- Jamie McBain
- Tomas Kaberle
gets the start in goal; Brian Boucher
is the backup.