Senators give Elliott the nod again

The Ottawa Senators have learned over the past two seasons that it’s a good idea to keep Brian Elliott between the pipes when he’s hot.

The Ottawa Senators have learned over the past two seasons that it’s a good idea to keep Brian Elliott between the pipes when he’s hot.

As such, he’ll be back in net looking for his fourth consecutive win Tuesday night when the Senators face off against the Atlanta Thrashers at Scotiabank Place.

Elliott has started every game since former No. 1 goaltender Pascal Leclaire suffered a groin pull early in an Oct. 14 contest against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Coach Cory Clouston acknowledged he needs to get Leclaire some work at some point, but clearly doesn’t want to tinker too much with a squad that has won five of its past six games.

“He’ll play soon,” Clouston said Tuesday morning of Leclaire. “He’s healthy, he feels confident, and we just can’t play Brian 80 games.”

It should be noted Elliott’s success is intertwined with the vastly improved play of his colleagues. While they haven’t been perfect, many of the defensive mistakes and, especially, poor decisions with the puck have receded.

If Milan Michelek, who missed four games with a wonky knee, picks up where he left off on a line with Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza continues to find chemistry with Alex Kovalev, this team suddenly becomes very dangerous.

“We’re playing better as a team, we’re playing with better structure, we’re playing with a lot more confidence,” Clouston said.

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