|Goaltender Mike Brodeur will get the start tonight as the Sens host the Montreal Canadiens. (QMI Agency file photo)
OTTAWA - Brian Elliott is going to the bench ... finally.
After 10 straight losses, the Senators' goaltender is going to sit and watch Mike Brodeur in net against the Montreal Canadiens Friday night at Scotiabank Place. Elliott's streak of losses was broken only once -- when rookie Robin Lehner started in Ottawa's lone victory since Boxing Day.
Elliott, pulled after allowing six goals on only 21 shots in a 6-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday, isn't going to be the only change.
Alexei Kovalev will return from a knee injury and Peter Regin is going to be back after being a healthy scratch. Clouston said Elliott needs a break and the club decided not to bring up Lehner from Ottawa's AHL affiliate in Binghamton.
Brodeur has a 3-0-0 lifetime record in the NHL. He had his last NHL victory on Jan. 16, 2010 against the Montreal Canadiens with 30 stops in a 4-2 victory at the Bell Centre. The situation is a lot different this time.
“You can't deny it's not frustrating when you give up those goals,” said Clouston Friday. “Mike has been here before. He has played well for us in the past. Look what he did for us last year.
As for Brodeur, Clouston admits the young goalie is being dropped into a difficult situation.
“I know that's a lot to ask, but he's confident. He knows what he has to go out there and do. This will be a good opportunity for him.”
Clouston said Elliott needs to get his game together.
“We're not trying to let him off the hook. Right now, he’s not getting the support that he needs. (Elliott starting) was not the plan going into the season. We were not expecting to rely on him in 75 per cent of the games,” said Clouston. “Right now, we’ve had to and right now he hasn’t played to the level we need him to play. It’s frustrating when you give up two on three shots at the start of the game and the guys battle back. No one is denying that. You’d be a fool to deny that.”
Puck drop tonight at Scotiabank Place is 7:30 p.m. (TV - Rogers SportsNet).