The change doesn’t come as much of a surprise given Cory Schneider‘s shaky performance against the Dallas Stars on Friday night—leading to the Vancouver Province’s Jason Botchford to call two his goals against, McSchofties. Stars forward Reilly Smith opened the scoring in the first period by beating Schneider on a sharp angle shot. The Canucks stormed back with three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead, but the Stars would score three unanswered of their own to win the game.
Cody Eakin would score for the Stars after Schneider could not control the rebound on a point shot from Trevor Daley. Antoine Roussel would tie the game 3-3 with 7:38 to go in the third period after he was able to shovel the puck past Schneider in the crease. Defenceman Brenden Dillon was able to pinch in from the left point and fire a shot over the glove of Schneider at another bad angle to win the game with 3:01 left in the game.
It also means winger Zack Kassian will start on the second line with Chris Higgins and Ryan Kesler despite losing his man, Dillon, on the game winning goal. He was benched in favour of Jannik Hansen on the next shift.
The Blues will go with youngster Jake Allen in goal with Jaroslav Halak out with a strained groin and Brian Elliott struggling. In nine games this season, Elliott has compiled a 3-5-1 record with a 3.57 goals against average and .849 save percentage—a far cry from last season when he was 23-10-4 with a 1.56 goals against average and .940 save percentage.
This will be Allen’s third consecutive start after starting and winning in both Edmonton and Detroit earlier in the road trip.