Allen allowed five goals on 23 shots before being pulled in the second period of Tuesday's 7-4 loss to Florida. Allen has only played in two of the past six games, and he's allowed five goals in each of those starts. Cater Hutton, meanwhile, boasts an 8-3-1 record, .940 save percentage and 1.84 GAA for the campaign. Expect the Blues to continue to lean on Hutton for the immediate future, but it's unlikely he continues punching above his weight class for a prolonged stretch. Fantasy owners are likely best to remain patient with Allen.
Allen will tend the twine for Tuesday night's home game against the Panthers, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Allen will make just his second start in the Blues' last six games, as the veteran netminder has not looked up to snuff lately, while Carter Hutton has been playing admirably. With Hutton allowing four goals in an overtime loss to Washington on Sunday, Allen probably needs a good start Tuesday to keep himself ahead on the goalie depth chart. He could get it against a Florida squad that has recorded two goals or fewer in each of its last four games.
Allen made 25 saves in a 6-3 loss to the Flyers on Saturday afternoon. He allowed five goals. The Flyers shot out to a 4-0 start by the mid-way point in the second period, but Allen started to brick things up to allow his mates to get back in the game. Still, Allen hasn't won since Christmas and has allowed 10 goals in three starts over that span. Additionally, he has just one win in his last eight starts dating back to Dec. 12. Backup Carter Hutton is performing comparatively well (4-1 in five starts since mid-December), so Allen is a fantasy risk right now.
Allen will assume the road net for Saturday's matinee against the Flyers, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Allen reportedly will be countered by former cohort Brian Elliott. The former sat out the last three games for rest, but backup netminder Carter Hutton won all of those matches as the Blues advanced to second place within the Central Division. Philadelphia has struggled to score in its own barn, averaging only 2.76 goals per game (24th in the league), and that should be taken into consideration as you mull over options on Saturday's daily slate.
Allen made 25 saves on 28 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Stars on Friday. However, he only played 48:21, as for part of the game, he was removed and replaced by Carter Hutton. Allen was reportedly removed at the concussion spotter's behest after taking a hit to the head. Coach Mike Yeo said after the game it was a mistake for him to put Allen back in, and the fact that two of the goals the 27-year-old gave up came in the contest's final five minutes justifies that regret. Keep an eye on the veteran, just in case something happens with his status.
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