Jake Allen is no longer a member of the St. Louis Blues after being traded to the Montreal Canadiens and recently signing a two-year extension through 2023 there, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to let his video review sessions in St. Louis colors go to waste.

Allen’s insights into the position are too valuable to waste, as anyone who tuned in for his first four Pro Reads already knows, so we’re going to continue to roll out his breakdown of plays while with the Blues as we eagerly await games — and game film — from Montreal.

The Chicago Blackhawks have featured prominently as an opponent in Allen’s Pro Reads, and while that will change with new rivalries in Montreal, the theme continues today. This time it involves a play behind the net and what he calls “the Jonathan Quick rule,” as well as some advice he got from Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur during his short stint in St. Louis.

​The Scenario

This play starts with a Blackhawks power play winding down and the puck moved behind the net by Dylan Strome from Allen’s right, with passing options on either side:

Any thoughts on how Allen is set up here? Things you like? Things you’d like to see different?

Beyond that, what factors are you considering about the passer and both pass options?

The Save

Now let’s take a look at the sequence on video, but think about those same questions.  

Did your answer change in terms of how Allen set up with Strome behind the net as a left shot? Would you handle it differently? Does the handedness of the passing options change anything?

The Pro-Read

Now let’s listen to Allen break down the video for us to see if your answers matched his. 

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