The six days that Blues goaltender Brian Elliott had off before Wednesday's start in Colorado was actually short rest. Elliott has twice sat out seven consecutive days this season.

Despite leading the NHL in three major categories, Elliott climbed even with Jaroslav Halak in games played this season at 17 after meeting the Avalanche.

The Blues are one of 14 clubs in the NHL that has two goaltenders with double-digit appearances, and it's hard to argue with the success of a few of the tandems. Four of the teams are in the top six in the league in goals-against average: the Blues (Elliott and Halak), Boston (Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask), Minnesota (Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding) and Vancouver (Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider).