Blues G Binnington to make first NHL start at Philly

Goalie Jordan Binnington has made cameos in two Blues games this season heading into his first NHL start.
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Goaltender Jordan Binnington, who made his NHL debut three years ago, will make his first NHL start Monday night at Philadelphia.

Binnington, 25, gives Jake Allen a breather on the front end of a back-to-back. The Blues return to St. Louis to host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

Binnington, a third-round draft pick by the Blues in 2011, played part of one period on Jan. 14, 2016, against Carolina. He labored in the minors after that until a month ago, when the release of Chad Johnson opened the backup goalie spot. He came in twice when Allen was pulled, stopping 21 of 25 shots over 69 minutes.

The projected forward lines against the Flyers:

Jaden SchwartzBrayden SchennVladimir Tarasenko

Alexander Steen-Ryan O’Reilly-David Perron

Zach SanfordRobert Thomas-Pat Maroon

Ivan BarbashevOskar SundqvistJoel Edmundson*

* Seventh defenseman

The projected defensive pairings:

Carl GunnarssonAlex Pietrangelo

Jay BouwmeesterColton Parayko

Vince DunnRobert Bortuzzo