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Jake Allen's injury isn't serious, Ville Husso sent down

Hopefully Ville Husso didn’t unpack. The St. Louis Blues have sent Husso back down to the AHL after calling him up just a couple days ago. The good news here, depending on who you ask, indicates that Jake Allen‘s injury isn’t too serious.
Previously, Allen was listed as day-to-day after a nasty collision with Zach Sanford that forced him to leave early against the Chicago Blackhawks. Now, it appears he’s healthy enough to play or to at least back Chad Johnson without any major concerns.

Allen said he's ready to go Thurs, but does not know if he's starting against Vegas. Said he did go through concussion protocol.
— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) October 31, 2018

Though Allen’s 3.99 GAA and .874 save percentage are a whole other topic worth ranting and getting sad about, the Blues would have been in a really tough spot if his injury required significant time. Putting your season on the back of Johnson and Husso is a risky proposition, especially when the defense looks like a confused group. Even the biggest Allen critics shouldn’t feel comfortable with that duo for a large chunk of the season.
Speaking of Husso, it’s not like he’s having better luck down in the AHL. He currently holds a 3.19 GAA and a .887 save percentage. Is there some sort of unwritten rule requiring Blues goaltenders to have a 3+ GAA?

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The Blues are allowing an obscene number of shots

Category : Blues , Jake Allen , NHL , St Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues dropped another game against the Chicago Blackhawks, falling to 1-1-2 on the year. Through four games, the Blues have given up a ton of shots. They’ve allowed an average of 34.8 shots per game, which is the fifth-most in the NHL prior to any action on Sunday.
Despite allowing so many shots, the Blues are still narrowly averaging more shots forced per game. They’ve produced 35.5 shots per game, but the issue on defense remains despite the strong shot generation.
Historically, the Blues are off to a real rocky start when it comes to defending.

St Louis Blues have allowed 139 Shots on Goal through 4 games this season.
That is the 3rd highest total through 1st four games in Franchise history.
1978-79 – 151 Shots Against2017-18 – 148 SA2018-19 – 139 SA
2 of the 3 highest totals are Mike Yeo teams.#stlblues
— STL Blues History (@STLBlueshistory) October 14, 2018

As STL Blues History noted on Twitter, two of the three worst starts in terms of shots allowed in the first four games have come under Mike Yeo. That should stir up plenty of coaching questions.
The stats above should be used on any fans who are placing all of the blame on Jake Allen. No one should claim Allen has been great or even good this year (a 4.13 GAA and .878 save percentage is tough to defend), but it’s clear this is more of a team-wide issue than some would choose to believe. That’s an unacceptable number of shots to allow.
So, how do the Blues right the ship? For starters, it would help to have some sort of consistency on defense. The Blues have had rotating groups on defense, with new faces popping in and out of the lineup. It’s tough to build chemistry between defensive pairs when they’re constantly changing.
They also need to do a better job of blocking shots. Through four games, they’ve blocked just 55 shots as a team. That’s tied for the 22nd in the NHL, which is kind of a sad number when you consider just how many shots the team has faced. Everyone needs to help Allen out by trying to cut down on the number of shots he’s seeing.
Keep an eye on this story. The Blues, and any goaltender that the team rolls out, will struggle until the team figures out how to improve on defense.

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