Thursday, December 24, 2015

Jake Allen Jersey Card

I mentioned a trade last night in this Mikael Backlund post, it also involved two jersey cards coming back my way and ten Benchwarmer autographed cards I had doubles of going the other way. One of the jersey cards is this one of Jake Allen, from Upper Deck's 2014-15 Series 2 set (card #GJ-JA of the UD Game Jersey sub-set):
It shows him wearing the St. Louis Blues' blue (home) current/late-1990s throwback jersey, but the enclosed game-worn jersey swatch is white.

Allen was named one of the stars of the week in early November and hasn't cooled down since, as he is currently leading the NHL in shutouts (5) and is fourth in wins (16), also ranking in the top-10 for goals-against average (2.06) and save percentage (.928).

The knock on him so far has been that he's been pretty good in the regular season but hasn't stolen a game in the playoffs; well, he's stepping up this year and not only bringing consistency in his play, but also raising his game to elite levels; unfortunately, he plays for the Blues, who have a habit of falling short in the postseason. Maybe he's what they need to get over that hump, but playing in the same conference as the Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings means it won't be easy making it to the Conference Finals, let alone the Stanley Cup Final.

Let's see how it goes.

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