Blues starting goaltender, Jake Allen, left the preseason game against the Chicago Blackhawks with an apparent leg injury. Hawks forward, Richard Panik tripped defenseman, Carl Gunnarsson with his stick, forcing him to fall on Allen. Allen was able to come out to the crease before the second period started, however, he immediately returned to the locker room and was replaced by Hutton. Though no report has been confirmed on the severity of the injury, video suggests that it could be an issue with his left ankle.

The Blues do have a worthy backup in newly signed, Carter Hutton. However, if this could turn in to a long(er)-term injury, is he ready to be a starting goaltender for the Note?  To date, Hutton has played in 76 career NHL games posting a 33-24 record, with a 2.56 GAA and .910 SV%. With a better defensive system in front of him with St. Louis, Hutton could prove to be very successful. The Blues do have a few options in their system with netminders Pheonix Copley and Ville Husso having impressive training camps.

 

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