DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 23: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the St. Louis Blues makes a save against the Detroit Red Wings during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on January 23, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images) By Dave Sandford
(HockeyStL) -- It seemed like it was Jaroslav Halak who would get the start against the Kings Monday night.
Ken Hitchcock stated he would after the game Saturday. Halak saw the most action in goal during the pre-game warmups. The press sheet with the game’s starters stated Halak as the starter.
Then the Blues re-entered the ice with the struggling Brian Elliott starting in net. It was a curious move to see after the aforementioned reasons, but then news broke that Halak re-aggravated a groin injury during the warmups.
Elliott was sharper in net than his previous four games despite allowing four goals on 23 shots in the 4-1 loss Monday. Most of the Kings goals came on odd-man breaks.
“I’m the guy that likes to prepare the night before and know going into pre-game skate what you’re going to be facing and stuff,” Elliott said. “When you get thrown into the fire, sometimes it’s better when your not thinking about it and you just go in there and play.”
The news of Halak injuring his groin didn’t come until after the pre-game warmup.
“It just happened so quick,” Ken Hitchcock said. “I think everybody was in a little bit of shock, but it is what it is. He has two, really three really good days of practice, and then I don’t know, somewhere in the warmup he pulled it again.
“It isn’t good for us right now. It isn’t a good time for the team right now and we’re just going to have to learn to battle through it.”