(HockeyStL) - Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock told the media on Sunday that goaltender Jaroslav Halak is being placed on injured reserve with a strained groin muscle.
The Blues have called up goaltender Jake Allen from the Peoria Rivermen to back up Brian Elliott until Halak is 100 percent healthy. Allen will be on the ice for Monday’s practice.
Allen, 22, has been in net for the Rivermen 31 times this season. He boasts a 12-16-2 record with a .903 save percentage and a 2.94 goals against average. Allen has never played a complete National Hockey League game. His first NHL appearance came in last year’s playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings when he briefly replaced Elliott late in game two of the series.
Hitchcock anticipates that Halak will be ready by the weekend, meaning Elliott will be in net for Tuesday’s game against Nashville, and Thursday’s game against Detroit.
Halak has started five of the Blues’ eight games this season, posting a 3-0-0 record with a 2.10 goals against average, and a .889 save percentage. Halak has two shutouts this season, putting him only one shy of Glenn Hall’s franchise-leading 16 shutouts.