Jaroslav Halak To Be Cleared To Return On Saturday

St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak has been held out of hockey action since suffering a high ankle sprain in Game 2 of the team's first round victory over the San Jose Sharks. High ankle sprains can linger, and with no games at risk of being missed there's been no reason to rush Halak, but general manager Doug Armstrong told Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Halak should be cleared on July 21.

Halak has been experiencing, in Armstrong's words, "a little discomfort" when testing the ankle, but he should be 100% by the weekend. He injured the ankle when teammate Barret Jackman accidental crashed into him in the crease during Game 2. Halak and teammate Brian Elliott combined to put up the lowest goals against average in the NHL last season.

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