After a 25-save shutout in Saturday’s 1-0 win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, Binnington has played two straight games previously in his career.
Last season, he lost 2-0 on March 25 to Minnesota, a game in which the Wild only had 11 shots on goal.
On March 26 in St. Louis, the Blues lost 4-1 to Anaheim, a game in which the Ducks scored two goals in an empty net and saw another goal deflect on one of their player’s skates ( Sam Steel).
In the 2019-20 season, Binnington lost 3-0 to Boston on October 26, with the Bruins’ third goal being an empty net. He then won 5-4 in overtime on Oct. 27 in Detroit.
Hofer, 21, is considered one of the brightest prospects in the Blues system, but he has just 15 games of professional experience, all in the AHL. He was ahead of the Thunderbirds on Saturday night in a 4-3 home overtime loss to Wilkes-Barre / Scranton.
For the season, Hofer is 3-0-1 for the T-Birds, with a 1.74 goals against average and .936 save percentage.
In Husso’s only appearance this season, he stopped 34 shots in a 3-0 victory Monday over the Los Angeles Kings; he would almost certainly have gotten one of this week’s back-to-back starts.
With Husso not available for a rare Sunday practice, the Blues scrambled to find another goalie to help them practice. Luckily there was one in the house – former NHL goalie Mike McKenna.