As the Blues close out the season on a hot streak, so is No. 1 goalie Jaroslav Halak. Saturday's season finale against Nashville will mark the one month anniversary of Halak's return from a hand injury, and he's put up some strong numbers in that span. He's 7-4 in the 13 games he's played (with a shootout loss and a no-decision) and has two shutouts. He has a 2.14 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. "He's been solid," Blues coach Davis Payne said Thursday after a light practice following back-to-back games. "He's dealt with traffic better and has had more aggression in his positioning. He's been very solid in loose puck areas at the top of his crease." Halak was looking to play well in the final month of the season to set a good foundation for next season, and he looks to have done that. "It was very important for him coming off the injury to play solid hockey," Payne said. "There's been some moments during the year he didn't perform like he expects himself to, but there's a growth there to being a No. 1 guy and I think as the year's gone on he's starting to understand that. He's getting himself ready every night. It's going to be a valuable experience to lean on going forward." Since coming back, Halak has had only one bad game, when he gave up three goals on 10 shots at San Jose and was lifted after eight minutes. He's allowed more than three goals just once in his final 13 games. "It's tough to say (if he's doing better) because I think our guys, they started playing better," Halak said. "Guys came back from injuries. Right now, our team ... we've been playing some pretty good hockey. But too bad, it's too late. We just need to finish up strong. Let's just get ready for next season. Summer is going to go by fast, and it'll be training camp."
Halak has solid finish in net for Blues
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Apr 8