St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen

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Jake Allen Will Miss Beginning of Training Camp Due to Back Spasms

Allen will likely miss St. Louis' first three preseason games.

September 12, 2018 - 4:31 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Jake Allen will be sidelined for the first couple weeks of St. Louis Blues training camp, reports NHL.com/Blues. The team states their expected No. 1 goalie this season is one of three players who will not be on the ice this Friday.

A post on the Blues website states Allen will be off the ice for the next 10-14 days with back spasms. The Blues will begin training camp on Friday at the Ice Zone at St. Louis Outlet Mall, then move camp to Enterprise Center in downtown St. Louis on Saturday. 

In addition, forward Erik Foley will be out indefinitely after suffering a concussion during the 2018 Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan, while goaltender Luke Opilka will also be out indefinitely after undergoing hip surgery.

Allen is expected to make a majority of the starts in net this season, after starting 56 games in 2017-18. He finished the year with a personal recordof 27-25 and 2.75 goals-against average. St. Louis signed Chad Johnson this offseason as Allen's backup. He appeared in 36 games with the Buffalo Sabres last season, posting a 10-16-3 record along with a 3.55 goals-against average and a .891 save-percentage.

Allen will likely miss St. Louis' first three preseason games against Dallas (Sept. 18), Minnesota (Sept. 19) and Columbus (Sept. 21). If his recovery is on the longer side, he may also miss the September 25th game against Columbus too.

Blues president of hockey operations Doug Armstrong also announced the Blues have assigned six players to their respective teams ahead of 2018 Training Camp.  2018 first-round pick Dominik Bokk has been assigned to the Vaxjo Lakers in Sweden, while forward Jared Thomas has been assigned to the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.  In addition, the Blues assigned forward Mathias Laferreire (Cape Breton – QMJHL) and defensemen Trent Bourque (Owen Sound – OHL), David Noel (Val-d’Or – QMJHL) and Tyler Tucker (Barrie – OHL) to their junior teams.