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    St. Louis Blues' Brian Elliott Gets Win in Season Opener

    Elliott made 23 saves on 24 shots in Thursday's Opening Night win against the Oilers.Elliott was sharp and the Blues' defense shut down Edmonton following a power-play goal in the first period. He made a handful of impressive saves, most notably on rookie sensation Connor McDavid. Elliott is in a time share with Jake Allen, but a strong performance only puts him in the lead for starts. The Blues travel to face the Wild on Saturday, so expect Elliott to backup Allen.

  • Starting Blues' opener

    News: Brian Elliott will receive the start in net for the Blues' opener against the Oilers on Thursday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
    Analysis: Brian Elliott has drawn the first start of the season for the Blues this season, but it doesn't necessarily indicate that he's won the job, especially considering Jake Allen will start Saturday's game. Head coach Ken Hitchcock said that the decision on a goaltender likely won't occur until the end of October, so the month of October should serve as an audition for the two. However, it wouldn't be surprising if both receive consistent action in net unless one of the two separates himself.
  • Will start Saturday

    News: Brian Elliott will get the start in net in Saturday's exhibition against the Blue Jackets, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
    Analysis: Head coach Ken Hitchcock recently told reporters that the battle for the starting goaltender job between Brian Elliott and Jake Allen likely won't be decided until the end of October, so Elliott will want to take full advantage of every opportunity he gets, even in preseason action. The 30-year-old netminder was solid in 2014-15, posting a 26-14-3 record with a 2.26 GAA and a .917 save percentage in 46 games with the Blues.
  • Blues' Elliott Sees Relief Duty In Game 6

    News: Brian Elliott stopped six of seven shots in relief of Jake Allen in Sunday's series-ending Game 6 loss to the Wild.
    Analysis: It was the only appearance of the postseason for Brian Elliott, as the Blues opted to go with 24-year-old Jake Allen instead. While the youngster didn't have the best postseason, Elliott was disappointing in the second-half of the regular season and didn't do anything to win over coach Ken Hitchcock. While his .897 career playoff save percentage is a concern, Elliott had a strong season overall and will be a good fantasy option once again in 2015-16.
  • Blues' Elliott Bypassed For Game 1 Start

    News: Brian Elliott will serve as the backup to Jake Allen in Game 1 of the Blues' first-round playoff series against the Wild, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: While Brian Elliott has ranked as the Blues' top option in goal for much of the season, his post-All Star break funk (2.66 GAA, .904 save percentage in 24 second-half outings) will end up costing him the No. 1 gig heading into the playoffs. Allen has certainly earned the appointment with his stellar play down the stretch, but given his relative youth, he probably doesn't have a stranglehold on the starting job. Elliott could reemerge if Allen falters early in the series.
  • Blues' Elliott Ends Regular Season With Win

    News: Brian Elliott picked up the victory Saturday against the Wild, stopping 23 of 25 shots in the 4-2 win.
    Analysis: It was a strong outing for Brian Elliott, but with both the Wild and Blues resting several of their regulars Saturday, it doesn't necessarily provide a good template for how the teams will match up when they reconvene for Game 1 of their playoff series Thursday. While it was good to see Elliott play solidly, his overall decline in performance down the stretch will put his status as the Blues' No. 1 netminder in question entering the postseason. After coach Ken Hitchcock was burned by his fierce loyalty to Ryan Miller last postseason at Elliott's expense, he may be inclined to turn to the red-hot Jake Allen this time around.
  • Blues' Elliott To Start Saturday

    News: Brian Elliott will start Saturday's regular-season finale against the Wild.
    Analysis: Brian Elliott allowed three or more goals in each of his previous four appearances, while Jake Allen allowed exactly one goal in each of his last four starts. Even if Elliott turns in a gem Saturday, it's possible at this point that Allen has unseated him for the No. 1 role heading into the playoffs.
  • Blues' Elliott Allows Five Goals In Win

    News: Brian Elliott stopped 27 of 32 shots in Friday's win over the Stars.
    Analysis: Not the best night for Brian Elliott, who still managed to pick up his first win in five games. While he owns a great 25-14-3 record on the season, the 29-year-old has given up 14 goals in his last four games, dropping his save percentage to .916. He's been outstanding this season, but this recent rough patch has many questioning whether he'll be able to lead the Blues on a deep playoff run. If things don't pan out, the Blues could turn to 24-year-old Jake Allen and his impressive 20-6-4 record.
  • Blues' Elliott Starts Friday

    News: Brian Elliott will start in net Friday against the Stars, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
    Analysis: Brian Elliott has been struggling in net lately, losing each of his last four starts between the pipes. He's still considered the Blues' top goaltender as the team heads into the playoffs, but Jake Allen has performed well enough that both of the netminders will likely see time in goal when it rolls around.
  • Blues' Elliott Loses Fourth Straight

    News: Brian Elliott allowed three goals on just 21 shots in Monday's 4-1 loss to the Canucks.
    Analysis: Brian Elliott has now dropped four straight, and Monday's 18 saves actually marked his highest total in that department in his past three games. Jake Allen received consecutive starts last week and despite coach Ken Hitchcock's recent reassurance that Elliott will start the majority of the games down the stretch, it's possible the goalie situation will become more fluid while the 29-year-old struggles.