Allen allowed three goals on 37 shots in a 4-3 overtime victory against the Wild during Game 5 of the first round on Saturday. The Blues won the first-round series 4-1. The Blues netminder wasn't quite as sharp in this one, but it was enough to move on to the second round, and he was spectacular overall in the series. Against the Wild, Allen posted a .956 save percentage and 1.47 GAA, as he finally looked like the elite goaltender St. Louis expects him to be. He will face a much tougher test in Nashville in the second round, but things are certainly pointed in the right direction for Allen.
Allen will be in goal Saturday in Minnesota, Jessi Pierce of NHL.com reports. As if there was any doubt, Allen will be the man for Game 5, another chance to close out the series. He played strongly Wednesday, deflecting 23 of 25 shots faced, even though the two goals he let in were fairly weak. Regardless, Allen is the indisputable reason for the Blues' 3-1 series lead, recording a .961 save percentage and 1.33 GAA. St. Louis may have Paul Stastny back as well, and his work at the faceoff dot will help Allen defensively. The 26-year-old netminder remains an excellent DFS pick in this possible series-clinching matchup.
Allen stopped 23 of 25 shots Wednesday in a Game 4 loss against the Blues. Despite finishing the night with a .929 save percentage, the two goals Allen failed to stop weren't particularly difficult. The first goal came off an errant pass from Allen that caught him out of position, and the second goal was a wrist shot from a distance that wasn't screened or tipped. To be fair, the Blues' offense gave him no help, getting shut out for the first time in the playoffs. There's no doubt Allen will be in net as the series shifts back to Minnesota for Game 5, and he should be able to continue his strong play.
Allen will be in goal for Game 4 against the Wild on Wednesday, as Lou Korac of NHL.com reports that the Blues will not make any changes from the lineup they used in Games 2 and 3. Cue the old adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Allen has allowed just three goals -- one in each game -- on 117 shots to the detriment of his Central Division rivals from Minnesota. This has been the best stretch of Allen's 2016-17 campaign, and it obviously comes at a great time with the Blues in the hunt for their first Stanley Cup.
Allen allowed just one goal on 41 shots in a 3-1 victory during Game 3 of the first round against the Minnesota Wild. The 26-year-old has played out of his mind this series, posting a .974 save percentage. Allen is the main reason the Blues possess a commanding 3-0 lead in the series and have a chance to close it out Wednesday. Allen is now 6-1-0 with a .952 save percentage and a 1.44 GAA against Minnesota this season (including the playoffs).
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