Senators hope Elliott supplies boost
The slumping Ottawa Senators appear ready to give Brian Elliott a shot at establishing himself in net.
The Senators called the goalie up from their Binghamton affiliate in the American Hockey League and the 23-year-old netminder is expected to be between the pipes Saturday when the Senators host the New York Rangers in NHL play (CBC in Ottawa region, CBCsports.ca, 6:30 p.m. ET).
Elliott had two shutouts in 30 games with Binghamton, and sports a 2.31 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.
"Obviously, you can get pretty excited just knowing there's a great opportunity in front of you, and also a little nervousness as well, but that's always good," Elliott told the Ottawa Sun. "[I'm] just mainly excited to get up there and see if I can help contribute to their team."
Elliott, who helped lead the University of Wisconsin to a NCAA championship in 2006, played in one game for Ottawa last season, making 28 saves in his NHL debut, a 3-1 victory over Atlanta.
The Senators could use his help.
Ottawa lost their fourth straight and seventh in eight games Thursday, and both of their veteran goalies are struggling.
Martin Gerber, who made 16 saves in a 6-4 loss in Boston, has a save percentage of just .899. Alex Auld played well for the first two months but has now allowed 31 goals during a seven-game losing streak.
Coach Craig Hartsburg told the Sun he has been disappointed with his team's goaltending.
"It's not because they don't care or they're not trying, but we need more saves. You can't hide it. That's a fact," said Hartsburg. "That's not all the goaltender's fault, but there are some pucks going (when) we need saves at certain points of the game."