After upgrading on defense, Blues look to Elliott

The St. Louis Blues added defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and Jordan Leopold to their roster.

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Blues upgraded their defense for the playoff push, adding Jay Bouwmeester and Jordan Leopold. Now they need a goalie to step up in place of Jaroslav Halak, out indefinitely with a groin injury.

Brian Elliott, half of the NHL's stingiest tandem last season, has been a disappointment this season. He will play Thursday night at Chicago.

The Blues were tied for eighth with Nashville and just a point ahead of Edmonton and Columbus.

Elliott played well in relief in Monday's 4-1 victory at Minnesota after Halak was hurt in the first period, his first action since a conditioning stint in the minors. Now coach Ken Hitchcock wants to see how Elliott, just 4-6-1 with a 3.51 goals-against average, deals with the stress of starting.