SAN JOSE Its still undetermined whether Brian Elliott or Jaroslav Halak will be in net for the Blues when they host the Sharks in Game 1 of their first round series on Thursday, but Todd McLellan doesnt seem overly concerned.
Their team doesnt play any different. Their goalies are a little bit different size-wise and the ability to play the puck and that type of stuff, he said. Thats a situation that were aware of, that they have the two, and theyre capable of playing two.
The coach has used baseball analogies in the past, but looked towards the NFL this time in discussing the Blues goalie situation.
Its a little bit like the Mark Sanchez - Tim Tebow situation in New York, two very good quarterbacks that both want to play, McLellan said, referring to football's Jets. I guess the trick there is figuring out who the team is comfortable playing in front of, and playing that guy. Sometimes, its a hard thing for a coach to do.
Its been reported that Elliott is nursing an upper body injury and missed the second half of Blues practice on Tuesday, but that its not serious.
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Clowe misses another skate: Ryane Clowe still hasnt skated with the team after missing the third period of Saturdays 3-2 overtime win against the Kings.
McLellan reiterated today that he expects Clowe to be fine for Game 1.
"Im assuming hes playing. Hes had a couple of maintenance days, and I think when we put the gear on, youll see Ryane Clowe out there.
The Sharks have one more practice at their facility on Wednesday before a flight to St. Louis, as well as a morning skate on Thursday at Scottrade Center. Could Clowe be on the ice for either of those?
I believe he will. That will be up to him, and how hes feeling, McLellan said.