The St. Louis Blues have quickly fallen from grace in the Western Conference after a rocking 6-1-0 start to the season that had many buying into the hype that this was a legit Stanley Cup contending team. The Blues could apparently do it all, scoring more than four goals per game to start the season while locking opponents down with a stifling defense and solid goaltending.
Since that hot start, however, the Blues have nearly fallen apart. The Blues have slipped to No. 7 in the West after four straight losses, including a 6-5 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. Brian Elliott has been in goal for all four games during the current losing streak with Jaroslav Halak currently dealing with a groin injury. In eight games this season Elliott has a 3.51 goals-against average along with a disturbing .853 save percentage.
Blue coach Ken Hitchcock is not exactly thrilled with his team's performance over the past few weeks and singled Elliott out on Saturday night after the loss, according to Lou Korac of NHL.com.
"Not playing very good. Not much I can say. He'd be the first to tell you too. He's got to play better," Hitchcock said. "You can't stay in the lineup if you don't play well. I don't care who you are. He's got to play better."
Blues, Brian Elliott struggling to live up to the hype
SB Nation | Feb 10