(HockeySTL)-- The Blues are bringing another goalie onboard, the team announced on Thursday morning. The club has recalled Jake Allen from the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves. It will be Allen’s first time this season with the parent club.
The 23-year old netminder has played in 23 games for the Wolves this season, posting a 14-7-2 record. His goals against average (2.17) and save percentage (.922) are third and 10th overall respectively.
Jaroslav Halak is still “under the weather”, Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said on Wednesday and the team wants him home resting. He declared Brian Elliott the starter for Thursday’s game, but didn’t give a timetable on Halak’s return. With Elliott 6-1-1 in his last eight games, the Blues won’t rush Halak back.
“He’s been solid,” Hitchcock said of Elliott on Wednesday. “He is giving us a chance every night and that is what we are asking. He’s been very good early in games and has allowed us to get our traction. He came into a very tough situation against Chicago, where a couple of goofy goals went in, but he still held his ground.”
Allen will provide insurance in case Halak is not able to back up Elliott in net. While it’s Allen’s first call-up this season, it isn’t his first NHL stint.
The 6-foot-2 goaltender was with the Blues for 15 games last season, while Halak and Elliott were battling injuries and inconsistencies. Allen had a 9-4-0 record with the team, as well as a 2.46 goals against average. He manned the pipes for the team when they were on a downward spiral, and his solid netminding helped the Blues right the ship.
Allen signed a two-year deal with the Blues this offseason. For the first year, the deal is a two-way contract. For the second year, it is a one-way deal. With Halak and Elliott taking the No. 1 and No. 2 spots this season, Allen has spent the year in the AHL.
Allen will join the team in St. Louis and stay ready should he be needed for one of the club’s upcoming games.