Jaroslav Halak appears to be fully recovered from a lower-body injury that he suffered in a game against the Minnesota Wild back on April 1st. Halak appeared to tweak his groin while attempting to make a save late in the first period against the Wild and was forced to leave the game just over three weeks ago.
Halak has been practicing and is now healthy enough to serve as the backup behind Brian Elliott when the team takes on the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.
Consider this a great development for the St. Louis Blues. Previously, the team was rolling with Elliott as their starter and Jake Allen as the #2. Allen has played well this year, but it's doubtful the team wanted to rely on him if the situation called for it in the playoffs. Halak has loads of playoff experience including a memorable run through the playoffs with the Montreal Canadiens back in 2010. No offense to Allen, but you want a tried and tested netminder in goal when you're competing in a best-of-seven series.
Don't be surprised to see Halak earn a start against the Chicago Blackhawks to close out the regular season in an attempt to get him some action before the playoffs begin. As we saw last year when Halak went down in the playoffs, you never know when the backup will be called upon. Halak could use some work to ensure he's completely healthy and ready if needed during the team's playoff run.
Halak has a 6-5-1 record with a 2.14 GAA and a save percentage of .899 in 16 appearances.