Elliott gets nod again for Senators

The Ottawa Senators are giving Brian Elliot another start. (REUTERS/Shaun Best)

The Ottawa Senators are giving Brian Elliot another start. (REUTERS/Shaun Best)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:52 PM ET

Brian Elliott will start tonight, but the Senators aren't sure when they'll see winger Milan Michalek back on the ice.

After returning home from a three-game road trip with only two of six points -- and coming off a 2-0 shutout victory over Montreal Tuesday -- coach Cory Clouston is sticking with Elliott in net Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Place.

Elliott, who made 29 saves for his fourth shutout of the season versus the Habs, gets his second consecutive game. He has a 3-0-0 lifetime record against the Flyers with a 1.17 goals-against average.

“(The win) gives you confidence. When you’re playing hard, but not getting the results it’s frustrating,” said Clouston Tuesday morning. “It’s hard on you mentally and physically. This picks you up and gives you some energy.”

A win could go a long way in vaulting the Senators into a stronghold on a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They sit in the No. 5 seed heading into tonight, two points ahead of both Philadelphia and Montreal. The Flyers have played one less game.

Meanwhile, the Senators aren’t still about sure of the status of Michalek. He has damage to his knee and surgery hasn’t been ruled out, but first club doctors want to see if it responds to treatement and rest before making a decision on a procedure.

If surgery is required, Michalek’s season will be over. He was injured on a breakaway when his knee hit the post against the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night.

“He’s been a good player for us, who kills a lot of penalties,” said Clouston. “This just presents opportunuties for other guys.”


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