Elliott to start against Isles

Brian Elliott will make his 14th consecutive start in Long Island Sunday. ERROL McGIHON/Ottawa Sun...

Brian Elliott will make his 14th consecutive start in Long Island Sunday. ERROL McGIHON/Ottawa Sun file photo

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:46 PM ET

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The Senators will have Brian Elliott in goal once again when they face the Islanders today in their last game before the Olympic break.

It'll be the 14th consecutive start for Elliott, who is 2-2 while allowing 15 goals in the past week.

In winning nine straight before that stretch, he surrendered a total of 11 goals.

Still, coach Cory Clouston chose to go with Elliott ahead of Pascal Leclaire, the injury prone 'tender who began the season as the team's No. 1 goalie.

Leclaire hasn't made a start since Jan. 12, although he was also out with a concussion for the two weeks following that date.

"Most decisions aren't easy decisions when it comes to something like that," Clouston said Sunday morning. "We feel that for Pascal, he's going to get a week off, then another week of practice, and we'll bring (goaltening consultant) John (Stevenson) back ... he'll get a long break here.

"Brian has shown he can play back-to-back, often his second game on back-to-backs is stronger than his first game. Ultimately, it's probably easier for Pascal to start fresh, along with everybody else after a big break.

"We just thought another week of preparation will help him tremendously."

Clouston said the coaching staff will wait until after the game to talk to the players about what they can and can't do during the nine days off.

"We're going to make sure we're mentally ready for this game tonight," he said. "That we're not thinking of the break."

Face off time is 5 p.m. and, with no TV coverage, the game can be heard on the Team 1200.

don.brennan@sunmedia.ca


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