Blues’ Allen to make season debut (and first start in 18 months) on Saturday
One of the league’s more interesting goalie tandems is in St. Louis, where journeyman Brian Elliott is in competition with 24-year-old prospect Jake Allen for the No. 1 gig.
This weekend, though, will be Allen’s first game action in an awfully long time.
Elliott will go against the Kings tonight, head coach Ken Hitchcock said, meaning Allen -- barring a relief appearance this evening -- will make his season debut on Saturday in Arizona, his first start since a mid-April nod in Columbus during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign.
(Allen was fast-tracked to the NHL as a 22-year-old after injuries hit Jaroslav Halak.)
Allen, who was parked behind Elliott, Halak and Ryan Miller last season, spent the 2013-14 campaign with AHL Chicago, going 33-16-3 with a 2.03 GAA and .928 save percentage en route to winning the American League’s goalie of the year award.
Now he’s ready to get back into the bigs.
“It’s good to get a game in, a meaningful game,” Allen said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “But it’s been nice to practice with the team for 10, 12 days, and it was actually good for me to watch a couple of games — see how the team is playing, see what I need to do to help the team win.
“But I’m looking forward to it. It’s something I’ve been working toward since I was here in 2013. It’s finally an opportunity to show what I can do.”