After an extremely frustrating January, Jake Allen has bounced back so far in February.
What a ride it’s been through 2017 for St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen. After going 1-4 with a 4.06 GAA and .841 save percentage in January and getting left in St. Louis for a “mental reset” when the Blues visited Winnipeg on January 21, the 26-year-old has rebounded in a major way this month. On Monday morning, he earned critical acclaim for that rebound as he was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week. Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville was the first star, while Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson was the third star.
Allen has gotten back on the wagon for the entire month of February–and since Mike Yeo became the Blues’ head coach on February 1–going 4-1 with a 1.40 GAA and a .953 save percentage. He was especially dominant this past week, though, earning his first shutout since October on Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators, then stopping a combined 59 of 62 shots in two more road wins over the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens. It’s the first time since November that Allen has been in net for as many as three straight Blues victories.
It’s quite an accomplishment (and a testament to how heavily his team is scheduled) when a goalie can earn this type of honor during the same week that his backup collects a shutout. That’s exactly what Allen did, though; his backup, Carter Hutton, shut out the Philadelphia Flyers last Monday night before Allen proceeded to collect three straight wins on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Allen is expected to be in net again on Wednesday when the Blues travel to Detroit to face the Red Wings for their last game at Joe Louis Arena before the legendary building is torn down later this year.