Hitchcock likes using both goalies
Posted on January 16, 2014 at 5:36 PM
Thursday, Jan 16 at 5:36 PM
(HockeySTL) -- Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock is no hurry to settle on a number one goaltender. He says he likes the way things are going right now, with Brian Elliott and Yaroslav Halak sharing the duties on an almost 50/50 basis.
"I've never seen it where one guy plays well and the other guy doesn't play well when you have a shared responsibility," said Hitchcock. "I think both guys get excited about not letting the team down. They see the other guy playing well, the team winning, and they just want to keep going."
Hitchcock says he's noticed that when Halak plays the Blues tend to give up more shots on goal. When Elliott is between the pipes, the Blues allow more odd man rushes. Hitchcock says he has no explanation for that, but it's happened consistently this season.
Elliott has a record of 13-2-2, with .925 save percentage and 1.87 goals against average. Halak is 19-6-3, .912 and 2.27.
"We're kind of going back and forth and battling for the next opportunity to get out there," said Elliott. "When you're going at it like that I think it makes everybody better."
Hitchcock said, "I don't think they compete against each other. They get along. We've been very successful when they both play well. When our goalies play well, we win. This team is playing well, they're winning, and they want to keep a hold of the rope."
Halak will play in Thursday night's game against the Kings, and Elliott will get the call Saturday night against Anaheim.