Allen signed a four-year, $17.4 million contract extension with the Blues on Friday. Allen is now under contract with the Blues through the 2020-21 season. The 25-year-old seems to be in line for his most appearances to date during the 2016-17 campaign, after the Blues traded away Brian Elliot to Calgary just a week before inking Allen to an extension.
Allen is expected to remain with the Blues in 2016-17, keeping intact a timeshare with Brian Elliott, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Allen and Elliott were effective as a tandem in 2015-16, combining for 49 wins even though both tenders experienced significant injuries during the season. Allen, 25, is six years younger than Elliott and figures to be the goalie of the future for the Blues. He started 44 of 47 games this campaign -- not including five showings in the playoffs -- finishing with six shutouts and a .920 save percentage that ranked 24th in the league among 92 qualified goalies. Elliott stole the show for the majority of the playoffs, but they're expected to use training camp as the battleground for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart ahead of a new season.
Allen allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 6-3 loss to the Sharks in Game 5 on Monday. The other two were empty-netters. Making his second start of the postseason, Allen actually held a 3-2 lead past the midway point of the second period before Joe Pavelski struck twice in a span of 1:43. The Blues now have their backs against the wall down 3-2 in the series -- which shifts back to California for Game 6 -- so one would have to surmise that there's a good chance head coach Ken Hitchcock will go with Brian Elliott after Allen allowed seven goals in his two starts. Look for that confirmation to come sometime before Wednesday's puck drop.
Coach Ken Hitchcock has named Allen the starter for Monday's Game 5 matchup with the Sharks. Allen performed well in his Game 4 start, stopping 31 of the 34 shots he faced. Unless he implodes, it appears the Blues will continue running with the younger of the two netminders moving forward. The 25-year-old netminder will look to assist the Blues in grabbing a second straight win to take a 3-2 series league when they go back to San Jose but the Blues have surprisingly played much better on the road this postseason.
Allen made 31 saves in Saturday's 6-3 win over San Jose. Coach Ken Hitchcock was looking to light a fire under his team and he did just that by starting Allen, who got his first start of the postseason. Allen and Brian Elliott pretty much split the starts evenly in the regular season, but the postseason blue paint went to the veteran until Saturday night. Expect him to get the next start -- it'll be hard to go away from Allen after this success.
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