Slumping Elliott surprise starter in goal for Blues against Kings

ST. LOUIS – Brian Elliott was a surprise starter in goal for the St. Louis Blues against the Los Angeles Kings even though Jaroslav Halak, activated a day earlier, was listed in goal on the pregame sheet.

Elliott allowed 14 goals the previous three games while Halak was sidelined with a groin injury. Coach Ken Hitchcock said after Saturday’s 6-5 shootout loss to the Ducks that he’d go with rookie Jake Allen if Halak wasn’t ready to go.

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Halak came out first during the pregame skate Monday night, usually NHL protocol for the starter.