NBC Sports’ Boucher talks Blues win over Penguins; says Hutton should start vs. Wild

Carter Hutton

The St. Louis Blues on Tuesday shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-0, on the road and will look to continue its momentum when it takes on the Minnesota Wild in Minneapolis Thursday.

Former NHL goalie Brian Boucher, who called the Blues’ win over the Penguins in his role as hockey analyst for NBC Sports, joined The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Wednesday to discuss the victory and other topics surrounding the team, including the goaltending situation.

Read some excerpts and listen to the interview below (starts about the 1:50 mark):

On the Blues shutting out the Penguins:

“It was a good win. I don’t think anybody would’ve predicted the shutout by Carter Hutton and a goal by Ryan Reaves. But when you look at the way they won…it was a working-like mentality. I think having that early penalty kill helped them out and got them in that mindset to work and check. The Blues were able to get to their game and really slow down the Penguins. All in all a very solid victory for the St. Louis Blues.”

Would you start Hutton again on Thursday if you were the coach?

“I have to think that’s going to be the case. I know they wanted to start him in Minnesota…but I think you have to right the hot hand (after the Hutton shutout). What would happen if you put Jake Allen in in Minnesota and things don’t go well? Then you set yourself way back. Where as if you give Hutton the start, (if he struggles), then you can go to Jake Allen. This is a league about winning. You don’t worry about how someone’s feeling. Jake Allen will be fine. Maybe watching one more game from the bench might be a good thing for him…and then having the All-Star break to kind of reset again.”

Do you think Carter Hutton could be the No. 1 goalie?

“I don’t know about that. He’s a good No. 2 goaltender in the league. I think he’s a guy that when you give him a certain amount of starts, he’s good at doing that. But I think he can give you 25 to 30 starts a year. And give you a chance to win in those hockey games. But I don’t know if he’s a guy you could count on to carry the load.”