Oilers' Gerber gets start against Sens

Edmonton Oilers goalie Martin Gerber will get the start tonight against his former club, the Ottawa...

Edmonton Oilers goalie Martin Gerber will get the start tonight against his former club, the Ottawa Senators, at Scotiabank Place. (QMI AGENCY)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:55 PM ET

There will be a familiar face in the Edmonton Oilers net Monday night at Scotiabank Place: Martin Gerber.

The former Senators goalie, back after an exile in the Kontinental Hockey League in Eastern Europe last season and called up last week, is going to make the start for the Oilers as they make their only stop in Ottawa this season.

“I’m pumped. I’m definitely excited,” said Gerber, who spent almost three seasons with the Senators. “It definitely feels good. It’s great to get the trust from the coaching staff to put me in there and I definitely appreciate it.”

He made 35 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 25 in his season debut. Gerber was recalled after veteran Nikolai Khabibulin suffered a groin injury. He isn’t ready to play.

“For us, this was a great place to live and a great group of guys,” said Gerber. “We enjoyed it here.”

The Senators have elected to start goalie Brian Elliott, who made 29 stops in a 3-0 victory over the Leafs Saturday.

“This is not a slight on Pascal (Leclaire) in any way, shape or form,” said coach Cory Clouston. “Brian got a shutout. It’s tough to not start a goaltender after a shutout.”

The Senators won't be making any other changes.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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