but the rest of the team needs to give the effort the whole game... soooo
The team HAS been playing decent in front of the goalies a large majority of the time.
They are now third in shot differential behind only LA and Boston. They totally outplayed LA for two periods the other night, but 3 soft goals let in by Halak totally robbed the team of momentum at the end of the second and early in the third.
The Blues are allowing the least amount of shots on goal per game, and by at least a shot less a game than every other team in the league. In fact it is at least 4 shots less per game than all but six other teams. What more would you like the team to do in front of the goalies??
Sure Halak and Elliott were awesome last year, but sadly in the world of professional sports last year doesn't count for much. The team is DEAD LAST in save percentage, and by a wide margin.
The team save percentage is .871. That is horrendous. It is actually .02 worse than the Islanders who have the worst GAA in the league.
They certainly seem to be playing a lot better in front of him however, there's just more energy. How long do you think they'll carry 3 goalies? Something's gotta give. BTW, Allen in goal again on Saturday.
The team looks better in front of Allen cause he hasn't been giving up two to three soft goals a game which has been totally robbing the team of energy almost every time Elliott plays.
There is no more energy in front of Allen than there has been in front of Halak or Elliott. The team had plenty of energy Tuesday in LA. Three fighting majors in the first and Backes was playing very physical. The two goals early in the third completely demoralized the team and they ended up getting outshot 15-4 for the period.
That said, that was really the first very poor effort from Halak this year.
Elliott has been absolutely brutal. He is unplayable right now. The Blues are 9-3-1 when either Halak or Allen plays. 3-6-1 with Elliott in net.
You can probably carry three goalies and healthy scratch one for a couple weeks and if Allen is still playing well I think Elliott gets put on waivers, clears and gets sent to the minors to see if he can get his mojo back. I can't see a team placing a claim on a goalie with a $1.8M salary and a save percentage of .850 and if he does get claimed so be it as Allen would hopefully have proven he would at least be a capable backup for Halak.
Allen was a 2nd round draft pick. It isn't like he is some undrafted player out of nowhere.