Elliott starting against Canucks

Brian Elliott's previous start lasted just one period, giving up three goals on 13 shots to the...

Brian Elliott's previous start lasted just one period, giving up three goals on 13 shots to the Islanders. (QMI Agency/Errol McGihon)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:35 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- Asked which goalie he's going with against the Vancouver Canucks Monday night, Senators coach Cory Clouston had what some considered an interesting reply.

"Brian will start," he said, referring to Elliott.

But will he finish?

Elliott lasted just one period, giving up three goals on 13 shots, Saturday in Long Island.

This challenge is much tougher.

The Canucks, first overall, have won their last five games by a count of 23-6.

The Senators have lost nine in a row.

"He's a veteran," Clouston said of going with Elliott, whose struggles now include a franchise record 12 game losing streak. "We're playing arguably the best in the NHL, and Brian has to play like a veteran."

More than part of it also has to do with the Senators not wanting to throw 19-year-old rookie Robin Lehner against such a powerful team.

It's called protecting your top prospect.

Defenceman Matt Carkner and winger Jarkko Ruutu will again watch from the pressbox.

"For us there are two points at stake," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said when asked if there was a fear of taking Ottawa lightly. "There are no bad teams in the NHL."

Roberto Luongo will start in goal for Vancouver. He hasn't lost a game in regulation in two months.


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