Goalie nods: Bernier back for Leafs, Elliott in for Blues

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All the latest from the crease…

Bernier in for beleaguered Leafs

Jonathan Bernier will try to stop the bleeding tonight when the Leafs take on the Caps at Verizon.

Bernier’s start comes at the expense of James Reimer, who played last night versus Carolina and, according to Randy Carlyle, had a shot at getting the nod tonight if he did well against the ‘Canes — which Reimer did not, allowing six goals in a blowout loss.

Bernier’s last start was an ugly loss to the Islanders, so the hope is he’ll be extra motivated tonight as Toronto looks to snap a three-game losing streak.

Washington hasn’t announced its starter yet, FYI.

Elliott goes for St. Louis

Brian Elliott will start in the second of back-to-back games for the Blues against Vancouver tonight, after Jaroslav Halak shut out the Flames in Calgary on Thursday.

Elliott allowed just two goals on 18 shots in a win over Edmonton on Tuesday, pushing his record on the year to a stellar 13-1-2. Elliott also has a 1.86 GAA and .926 save percentage this season.

Like Washington, Vancouver has yet to announce it’s starter for tonight, though it’s expected to be Eddie Lack.

Elsewhere…

Stars at Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist in for New York; Dallas likely to go with Kari Lehtonen

‘Canes at Blue Jackets: Sergei Bobrovsky for Columbus. No confirmation yet from Carolina.

Islanders at Avalanche: Kevin Poulin vs. Semyon Varlamov

Penguins at Oilers: Devan Dubnyk for Edmonton, Jeff Zatkoff likely for Pittsburgh.