Stat Line Of The Night — 3/27/12 — Brian Elliott
Goaltending has been the story for the St. Louis Blues throughout most of the 2011-12 NHL season, and it was the story for them once again during last night’s game against the Nashville Predators.
Heading into Tuesday night’s action, both Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak were ranked in the top five in the league in goals against average and shutouts. Both Blues goaltenders had combined for a total of 14 shutouts on the season, and they added another one to that total, thanks to Brian Elliott’s 24 save performance during the Blues’ 3-0 victory over the Preds. It was Elliott’s third straight shutout, as he has not allowed a goal against in the last 186 minutes, 33 seconds – a new franchise record.
The win moved the Blues into sole possession of first place in the NHL, and with the shutout victory, Elliott now finds himself ranked first among all NHL goaltenders in goals against average (1.48), save percentage (.943), and shutouts (9). Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Elliott’s numbers is the fact that he has recorded those nine shutouts over the course of only 36 games. That could be enough to earn him the Vezina Trophy at the end of the season, but for now he earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, March 27, 2012.