Binnington to start in Blues goal against Canadiens
Binnington became only the second Blues player ever to earn a shutout in his first NHL start when he blanked the Flyers in Philadelphia on Monday. He stopped 25 shots.
Prior to that start, Binnington had made three brief appearances in relief in the NHL.
Jake Allen has been the Blues’ primary goalie this season. He is 14-14-0 with a 3.07 goals-against average and an .896 save percentage after allowing three goals on 14 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Stars on Tuesday.
Mackenzie MacEachern will make his NHL debut against the Canadiens. The 24-year-old forward was recalled from the team’s AHL affiliate in San Antonio earlier Thursday.
The projected forward lines against Montreal:
• Mackenzie MacEachern-Ivan Barbashev-Sammy Blais
The projected defensive pairings: