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Monday, February 11, 2013

St. Louis Blues: Jaroslav Halak re-injures groin in warmups

The St. Louis Blues were sorely hoping for a shot in the arm and some stability between the pipes as they took on the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night in a rematch of last year's second round playoff series.

Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak was scheduled to return to the net, which meant the struggling Brian Elliott would return to the bench.

Unfortunately, it was Elliott who got the start on Monday and not Halak. Halak reinjured his groin during warmups and was unable to make the start between the pipes.

The news comes as a blow for the Blues who came into the season believing their tandem in net would be a big advantage during this year's condensed, 48 game schedule.

Unfortunately, just 12 games into the season, the Blues may be looking to send rookie Jake Allen out there next game because of an injured Halak and an ineffective Elliott.

Halak has not played since February 1st, when he did not make it out of the first period before injuring his groin in a loss at Detroit.

Meanwhile, Elliott has been absolutely brutal in Halak's absence leading up to the Los Angeles game, allowing 17 goals in his last five games while stopping only 84.1 percent of the opponents shots on goal.

There is no word at this point the extent of Halak's injury or how long he will be out of the lineup.