ST. LOUIS — Just when it appeared an injury would keep Brian Elliott from making the NHL All-Star Game, another one opened up a spot for the Blues’ top goaltender Thursday afternoon.
The 2012 All-Star clearly has been good enough when he’s on the ice, posting a 13-5-2 record to go along with a .930 save percentage and league-best 1.86 goals-against average. But a sprained knee that kept him out for five weeks and impressive play by Jake Allen early in the season limited Elliott to just 22 starts before the break, fewer than the leading goalie of any other team in the NHL.
Nonetheless, an impressive January and an injury to Columbus goalie Sergie Bobrovsky earned Elliott a spot, making him the third Blues All-Star this season. He’ll join defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and forward Vladimir Tarasenko for Saturday’s game, scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Sunday in Columbus.
Jacques Plante and Glenn Hall are the only two St. Louis goaltenders to previously make multiple All-Star games, and this may not be the last one for Elliott. The 29-year-old has a 68-29-9 record as a Blue and needs two more shutouts to reach 21 for his career and surpass franchise leader Jaroslav Halak.