An hour after being pulled Tuesday from the Blues' 5-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, goaltender Jaroslav Halak emerged from the club's locker room but was not in a talkative mood.
"I don't want to talk about hockey," said Halak, who declined further comment.
Halak surrendered four goals on 18 shots before Blues coach Davis Payne replaced him with backup Brian Elliott. The loss dropped Halak's record to 1-4 this season, and among goalies with at least three starts his 3.47 goals-against average ranks 27th and his .835 save-percentage is 30th in the NHL.
Asked Tuesday night if he would consider starting Elliott on Friday against the Carolina Hurricanes, Payne said, "We'll take a look at everything."
The sentiment for seeing Elliott again is growing after he steered the Blues to a 4-2 win over San Jose on Saturday, the team's only victory on a 1-3 trip. But the fact is the Blues have more issues than just Halak.
Their offense showed few signs of life on the trip. The club scored eight goals in four games and now is averaging just 2.5 goals per game, which ranks 18th in the NHL.
On the trip, the Blues' top six forwards combined for just six points (two goals, four assists) and had a collective plus-minus rating of minus-11.
T.J. Oshie didn't have a point, while Jamie Langenbrunner, Chris Stewart and David Backes had just one each.
They are key members of the Blues' power-play unit, which continues to drag the bottom.
It was 0 for 16 on the trip and is 0 for 19 since its last goal and sits 28th in the league at one for 24 (4.2 percent) this season.
Halak isn't Blues' only problem
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Oct 20