St. Louis Blues: Jaroslav Halak Set to Return, Ben Bishop Returned to Peoria

Michael WagenknechtContributor IMarch 8, 2011

Jaroslav Halak is set to return from a broken hand this week.
Jaroslav Halak is set to return from a broken hand this week.Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak has been activated from the injured reserve list today.

Halak has been suffering from a broken hand and has been on the IR since Feb. 17.

The move signals the return of Ben Bishop to Peoria, since Ty Conklin has been placed on waivers and will spend the rest of the season with the Blues.

Bishop is coming off of a 5-4 shootout victory against Columbus on Monday night, and has had a solid stint with the team while Halak has been out. Bishop went 3-4-0, but had a 2.77 GAA in those games.

Bishop earned his first NHL shutout against Edmonton on Feb. 25 and has had four games in which he allowed one goal or less.

Halak has had an up-and-down season in his first year in St. Louis and the Western Conference. Halak is 19-17-6 with a 2.67 GAA and a .907 save percentage. His last game was a 3-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks on Feb. 14.

Halak may start on Wednesday night in Columbus, but will for sure be in the net on Thursday at home against his former team, the Montreal Canadiens.

With the playoffs fading, these games are more a matter of showing how healthy he is as opposed to a playoff push. But with these Blues, and especially Halak, don’t be surprised if this team is back in the thick of things by next week.