Jake Allen is currently tied with Corey Crawford for the NHL lead in shutouts with 5. Let's take a deeper look.
Allen started out the season with his first shutout just 4 games in. He blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning (18-15-4) at the Scottrade. Tampa isn't the power house that it was in previous season, but they still have one of the NHL's best scoreres in Steve Stamkos. Allen stopped all 26 shots that night.
He quickly followed that with a shut out 5 games later against the Preds (18-12-6) in Nashville. Nashville is no longer a push over. They have talented youngster Filip Fosberg, and heavy handed Shea Weber. Allen handed them their first shutout of the season. He stopped a mind blowing 45 shots that night in Nashville.
Three days later, Allen shut out the New Jersey Devils (17-14-5) in Jersey. This was the first time the Devils had been shut out all season. Allen stopped 24 shots in the contest.
Fast forward to the middle of December. The Blues hosted the Dallas Stars (27-7-3) and Allen again pitched a shutout. The Stars are #1 in the league in goals per game with 3.5. They also have one of the hottest top lines in hockey. Allen was the first and only goalie to shut out Dallas this season, stopping all 26 shots.
Two weeks later Allen shut down the Boston Bruins (19-12-4) in Boston. The Bruins are 3rd in the league in goals per game with 3.0. Allen was again the first and only goalie to shut out the Bruins. He stopped all 32 shots.
All the teams Allen has shut out this season have winning records. Two of them had never been shut out before and haven't since. Leading the league in shutouts is impressive, but doing so against some of the top teams in the league is even more impressive. The total record of teams who Jake has shutout is 99-60-22. For those keeping track at home, the record of the teams Crawford has shut out is 76-81-24. Jake has pitched 3 of his 5 shutouts on the road, where Crawford has yet to record a shutout away from the friendly confines of the United Center.