Change of plans: Blues name Allen, not Elliott, playoff starter

Ken Hitchcock does what Ken Hitchcock wants, and he wants Jake Allen as his starter.


In late March, Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said that Brian Elliott would be his team’s playoff starter.

What a difference a couple of weeks can make.

On Wednesday, Hitchcock announced that 24-year-old rookie Jake Allen would be the No. 1 when the Blues open against Minnesota on Thursday.

Allen, who started 37 games to Elliott’s 46 this year, appeared to be a slight favorite for the  gig late in the season as Hitchcock gave him some key starts with Elliott looking shaky, but today’s announcement still comes as something of a surprise.


Well, aside from saying Elliott would be the guy just a short while ago, Hitchcock alluded to the veteran’s past success against the Wild, saying “Ells has played more against this team, and he’s played well.” What’s more, Elliott has 18 games of playoff experience to Allen’s one minute (seriously, 60 seconds) and…

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