Part of me hopes that Brian Elliott gets to play tonight in Ottawa against his former team. And part of me hopes that new No. 1 goaltender Jaroslav Halak will start.
Sure, it would be a nice story, on par with Halak's triumphant return to Montreal where he blanked his former team. Halak obviously had some nice motivation and played a tremendous game earning him a standing ovation from the finicky Montreal crowd. So hopefully Elliott would have similar motivation for his return to his old stomping grounds in Ottawa.
Oh wait, he has been back. Remember that little shindig back in January called the All-Star Game? Yeah, I think the teams were Sweden vs. the Jolly Green Giants or some shit. Yeah. Elliott had it all set up to be the hero for his team, I think it was named after Hakan Loob. The game was tied 6-6 (defensive struggle) going into the third. All he had to do was lock it down for 20 minutes and he'd get the win. And then he allowed six goals and took the loss.
And it's not like he finished his career strong in Ottawa. Before he was shipped to Colorado late last season, his save percentage dropped below 90 percent and his goals-against average was over three goals a game. Remember, he's on a two-way contract this season for a reason. Maybe the extra motivation could propel him to the strong play he had earlier this season. Or maybe he'd be more comfortable watching Halak. Hard to say.
So that Jason Arnott is out. And Alex Steen and Andy McDonald didn't make the road trip. So the Blues could get a little healthier.
This is your game day thread. Comment like the Blues could use two points. Which they totally could.