If Jaroslav Halak had the playoff job wrapped up, and he still probably does, Brian Elliott has given Blues coach Ken Hitchcock something to chew on the past couple of games.
Elliott has pitched back-to-back shutouts, including Sunday's 4-0 win over Phoenix, extending his personal shutout streak to 126 minutes, 45 seconds. He now leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.52), save-percentage (.941) and is tied in shutouts (eight). But Halak is not far behind in all three categories, ranking second in GAA (1.90), sixth in save-percentage (.927) and fourth in shutouts (six).
"I don't know if it's a good problem to have, but it's one that I'm putting off until the last possible moment," Hitchcock said. "I don't even want to think about it because I know if I start thinking about it, something is going to happen ... a guy might get dinged up, or whatever. To me, I'm going to wait until the playoffs start before I make that determination. I just feel like I owe it to both guys to continue to play both guys."
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Mar 27