Within the next 24 hours, goaltender Brian Elliott is expected to be activated from long-term injured reserve and return to the Blues’ lineup as their starter Saturday in Vancouver.
Elliott has been on injured reserve and absent from the lineup for three weeks after suffering a lower-body injury on Feb. 22 in a loss to San Jose.
Because of his long-term IR status, the goalie was forced to miss at least 10 games before being eligible to return to the lineup. He had been practicing with the team for several weeks and was expected to be ready when eligible. After the goaltender missed Wednesday’s game, the Blues were cleared to activate Elliott at any point.
During Elliott’s absence, Jake Allen started every game between the pipes, posting a 6-4 record, which included a six-game stretch without a loss.
Allen, who had only just recovered from an injury when Elliott went down, will get a much-need break on Saturday, while Elliott will look to return to his pre-injury form.
In the 17 games prior to sustaining the injury, Elliott had posted a 12-3-2 record. He also posted .943 save percentage in February and was the league’s top goaltender during that stretch.
Even once Elliott is activated, the Blues are expected to keep three goaltenders, including Anders Nilsson, with the parent club.