The Great Debate: Halak vs. Elliott

The Great Debate: Halak vs. Elliott

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St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak, left, watches the puck cross the goal line as Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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by Scott Bierman, HockeyStL

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Posted on November 1, 2011 at 12:57 PM

(HockeyStL) -- The St. Louis Blues (5-6-0) trail the division-leader Chicago Blackhawks by six points as the Vancouver Canucks come to town to play on Friday night at the Scottrade Center.

The Blues find themselves in the same boat as the Canucks as both teams’ starting goalies have faltered early this season, but can Blues fans expect to see Halak’s playing time increase soon?  Only time will tell as head coach Davis Payne has recently named the starting goalie on a game-by-game basis.

Jaroslav Halak entered the season as the clear-cut starting goalie for the Blues, but has had his number of starts dwindle down after winning only one of his six starts and posting a 3.58 GAA and a .843 save percentage this season.  Halak also ranks second in the league in losses (5).

Brian Elliott has been nearly the complete opposite of Halak.  He has seen his playing time increase due to Halak’s shaky start and is 4-1-0 in six games played in.  Elliott has the third-best goals against average (1.67) and the fifth-best save percentage (.942) in the NHL.

It is more than likely that Halak will get chances in the upcoming seven games (six at home) to earn back the starting spot, but if his November career numbers hold true it may be even longer for the 26-year-old Slovakian netminder.

Halak is 4-8-2 in the month of November with a 2.71 GAA and .904 save percentage in his career.  Elliott is 9-5-2 with a 2.44 GAA and .922 save percentage.
 

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