OTTAWA - Playing his best hockey of the season, Brian Elliott will be looking for his 13th win when the Senators host the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Place Wednesday night.
That would tie him for 16th most victories in the league with Buffalo star Ryan Miller, and move him at least temporarily ahead of such highly touted goalies as Phoenix' Ilya Bryzgalov, Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom and Atlanta's Ondrej Pavelec.
Elliott is coming off a career-high 44-save performance over Pittsburgh, his second consecutive victory in which he allowed just one goal.†
He has allowed just five goals in his last three games.
"He's been big, solid, playing with confidence and tracking the puck well," Senators coach Cory Clouston said Wednesday morning. "When he does those things, everything else falls into place."
With the loss of Jason Spezza, the Senators will need Elliott to keep up his high level of play. Only three teams in the league have scored fewer than Ottawa's 86 goals to date.
The Senators are currently tied with the Hurricanes for ninth spot in the Eastern Conference, but have also played two games more than Carolina. Both teams presently sit six points out of a playoff spot.
Other than filling the Spezza roster spot with Binghamton callup Zack Smith, the Senators will make no lineup changes, which means defenceman Brian Lee will watch from the pressbox.