The heat will be turned up on Brian Elliott tomorrow night. And the rookie can't wait to face one of the NHL's elite teams.
The Senators goaltender is going to get his real welcome to the NHL as the Montreal Canadiens visit Scotiabank Place with the rookie netminder making his third straight start in the club's net.
Coming off back-to-back wins over the Carolina Hurricanes and Atlanta Thrashers, Elliott is about to find out what it's like to be thrown into the fire against a team that is considered a Stanley Cup contender.
"It's exciting. It's a big rivalry. Hopefully we can get another win at home here," said Elliott.
"You put (the pressure) on yourself. You can't worry about the outside world. You've just got to worry about yourself and the guys in this room. Hopefully, we have the confidence in each other."
Goaltender Martin Gerber arrived in Binghamton this morning and will face the Wilkes-Barre Penguins tonight to kick off his conditioning stint.
"It's really just take it day-by-day. Enjoy it. And have fun playing," said Gerber today.
"And that's about it. There's nothing else I really want to think about. It's almost like a little bit of a fresh start, and go day-by-day, and get the best out of it."
Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov was back on the ice today, but will not suit up. It's possible he could play Tuesday against the Washington Capitals in the final game before the all-star break.