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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
“There’s a lot going on right now,” Hitchcock said. “There’s a lot in his head, he’s kind of locked up mentally and he’s going to have to fight through this. So beating it up any more isn’t going to do us any good. We’ve got to get him unlocked, he’s just locked right up.
“If we can help him get unlocked, then that’s what you do, that’s part of coaching. Nobody anticipated this, nobody on our team, nobody in this city anticipated this, but we got it and we’re going to have to figure it out because there’s no help wagon coming.”
more on Allen and the Blues 7-3 loss to the Capitals...
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward David Backes and goaltender Jake Allen will miss the remainder of the regular season with lower-body injuries.
Both will be re-evaluated at the conclusion of the regular season.
Backes, 31, has dressed in all 79 games this season, ranking second on the club with 21 goals and fourth with 45 points overall. The Minneapolis, Minnesota native is currently in his 10th NHL season after being drafted by the Blues in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Backes has tallied 460 points (206 goals, 254 assists) and 969 penalty minutes in 727 career regular season games.
Allen, 25, has appeared in 47 games this season, posting a 26-15-3 record. In addition, he shares 10th overall with a .920 save percentage and second with six shutouts. The Fredriction, New Brunswick, native is currently in his third NHL season after being drafted by the Blues in the second round (34th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. In 99 career regular season games, Allen has accumulated a 57-26-7 record, a 2.34 goals against average, a .915 save percentage and 11 shutouts.
via Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues got something to worry about when Allen didn’t come out on the ice for the second period. It appeared that he got hurt with about 3:20 to go in the first period. Allen was on the left side of his goal and started to move to his right following the puck. But the puck quickly reversed to the left, and Allen had to make an abrupt stop. Allen made a save a few seconds later and then dealt with 2½ minutes of Colorado power play the rest of the period, showing no signs of trouble.
But not long after the Blues got off the ice after the period, Nilsson got word that he would be going into goal. Otherwise, the injury took everyone by surprise. Pietrangelo said he didn’t realize Allen wasn’t playing until he got on the ice for the second period. Coach Ken Hitchcock said he not only didn’t know what the injury was but didn’t know when it happened. He said a further evaluation would come on Monday after the Blues got back to St. Louis.
The Blues did win the game over Colorado 5-1.
from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues don’t seem to be a team that’s getting a lot of breaks lately, but maybe there was one on Monday when Brian Elliott got injured: He didn’t join the team’s long list of injured players until Jake Allen was fully recovered from his injury and ready to step in and replace him. Thank goodness, the Blues could be allowed to say, for very small mercies.
“For the one time, we have fortunate timing on injuries,” defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said Wednesday, “where we get Jake back at the perfect time for him to come and step in for Brian.”
Just as the Blues handed the keys to the crease over to Elliott when Allen got hurt in January, the Blues’ goal now belongs to Allen. Elliott reeled off 18 straight starts after Allen got hurt, and Allen could see a similar run as the Blues enter their stretch drive. If Elliott’s recovery goes as scheduled, he likely will miss 11 or 12 games, and Allen looks to be in goal for all of them if he can.
“We don’t have a choice right now,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “He’s our guy.”...
The Blues’ backup now is Pheonix Copley, whom they acquired in the T.J. Oshie trade. He’s yet to play in a game but Hitchcock said he’s ready.
“If something happens and Cop’s got to go in,” Hitchcock said, “he’ll play well.”
From StLouisBlues.com's Chris Pinkert:
As the preseason wraps up with tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Blues are hitting the road for a four-day team-building trip in Ann Arbor, MI.
The team will hold daily practices at the University of Michigan’s Yost Arena, but outside of that, the players will be free to relax and enjoy a short break before returning to St. Louis on Monday afternoon.
“It’s about being together and doing team activities,” said Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. “Having some team activities that we can just have fun with, along with some good stress-less practices up there, I think we’ll really enjoy it.”
Shattenkirk, who billeted with a family in Ann Arbor while representing the U.S. National Development Program, will watch the Wolverine’s ice hockey team on Sunday evening. His billet family’s son, Niko Porikos, wears No. 22 for the Wolverines.
Other plans include a little fly-fishing for goalies Jake Allen and Brian Elliott and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Big House for the coaching staff.
From the NHL:
NHL ANNOUNCES 2014-15 ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
NEW YORK (June 24, 2015) – The National Hockey League today announced the 2014-15 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players voted as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: forwards Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames and Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators and defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers.
Also named to the NHL All-Rookie Team are forward Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators, defenseman John Klingberg of the Dallas Stars and goaltender Jake Allen of the St. Louis Blues.
Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season. Following is a summary of each All-Rookie Team member’s outstanding campaign:
TSN's Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun discussed David Clarkson's suspension, Paul Bissonnette's appealing of his suspension, the probability of the NHL and NHLPA adopting hybrid icing and even expansion to Seattle in an "Insider Trading" segment, but pre-season hockey games aren't exactly covered with the intense scrutiny of regular-season games, so the most intriguing part of their segment involves, well, assessing which players have played well and which ones have played poorly during the part of the season that theoretically doesn't count:
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Less than an hour after Tuesday’s 6-4 loss to Los Angeles, in which the Blues gave away a 4-1 second-period lead, the team announced at 1 a.m. St. Louis time that it had recalled Allen from Peoria.
Jaroslav Halak allowed five goals on 21 shots and Brian Elliott one goal on eight shots against the Kings, sinking the Blues’ save-percentage (.870) to No. 24 in the NHL. The defeat dropped the club to ninth place in the Western Conference with 24 points after 22 games.
In a 48-game shortened season, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said that the team could ill-afford to wait any longer for the goaltending to improve, and so he turned to Allen, who went 3-1 with the Blues last month before being re-assigned to Peoria.
“I think it’s certainly a short season now, we’re in a very critical point and our goaltending to this point in the year hasn’t been to the standard that’s necessary to consistently win games,” Armstrong said. “Jake came up and played very well when he was here, and the team responded by playing very well in front of him.
“Ultimately we have faith in Brian and we have faith in Jaro, but we need to find success quickly in this type of season and I felt it was necessary to give Jake that opportunity.
from the CP at NHL.com,
"I saw the guy out of the corner of my eye and it was desperation. I didn't have much of a chance so I just threw my stick out there and fortunately enough for me, it hit it and it popped right up so I could catch it right away too," said 22-year-old Allen, who looked nonchalant the whole way.
"I took a deep breath after that. It's one of those saves that you thank the hockey gods for and it was a big boost for us as we got two more goals after that."