Things I am hoping for:
The Blue Jackets to play AND BEAT The Hawks in the first round.
The Sharks to flake and play us. Niemi ain't holding us down and Elliott and Allen are the Dynamic Duo. Allen deserves the tandem. Don't screw with that synergy.
Feeling really good about how we're rolling. Loving Cracknell. And oh yeah, Stewart scored.
Gotta keep this up.
I would go 100% with Elliott. I don't think they really have any synergy going as a tandem tbh. Since Halak got hurt, Elliott has started 11 of the 13 games and gone 9-2, allowing more than 1 goal only twice, in 11 games. That's phenomenal. Allen has gone 1-1, allowing 5 goals in 2 games (which is OK, but nowhere near the level Elliott is playing right now). I'm pleased with how Allen has played this year, and there was a point that I thought he was going to run away with the job (which was a big knee jerk on my part tbh). But, you don't give somebody playing time in the playoffs because they "deserve" it. You play whoever is playing better. There is no second criterion.
Brian Elliott only works well when he has someone else who can play as well as him. When it's just him, the pressure tears him apart, we have seen this.
Jaro Halak is NOT EVER going to push him enough. He can't stay healthy and his heart is NOT in St. Louis.
You say you don't give it to someone who deserves it but who is better. Jake Allen is BETTER than Jaro Halak. Period. Unlike Elliott and Halak, it was Jake Allen that came in, settled down the goaltending situation and brought back the mental toughness and faith and made quite a few intangibles possible. Elliott has someone to compete with and when Elliott has someone who walked in and stood tall, Elliott's natural instinct is to be better than them. And he has been.
Jaro Halak can NOT stay healthy long enough to make a difference for us. This is not a few years back and we're not the Habs, let's get off this train right now. Halak is many things, but he is only consistant at getting hurt.
I like how you brought you the 1-1 stand for Jake and not the rest of his stats for the season. That's really one-sided and unfair for a guy who IS our future. Halak is not. What Halak IS, is a guy eating money that deserves to be spent on Pie and Shatt.
Right now, Halak should ride pine until we need him. Let Elliott and Allen rule the pipes, they not only deserve it but they're leagues better than Jaro Halak. I'm sick of Halak and sick of people speaking highly of this fool when the guys who stood between the pipes when we needed it the most was BRIAN ELLIOTT AND JAKE ALLEN.
THEY are better. End of story.