Report: Blues’ Elliott medically cleared to play

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Goaltender Brian Elliott has been medically cleared to play and could be in the Blues lineup as early as Tuesday when St. Louis visits Nashville.

According to NHL.com’s Lou Korac, Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said when Elliott returns to game action is upto the player and the team’s goalie coach.

“We’re going to start Marty (Brodeur) tomorrow, but our hope is that (Elliott’s) ready the next couple days,” said Hitchcock. “We’re hopeful that after Jimmy (Corsi) works with him today that he feels good and he’s up and running and ready to go.

“It’s up to (Elliott) and Jimmy. I think the doctors have cleared him. It’s how he feels and how he feels like he’s game ready. We’ll see. Hopefully we get good news after Jimmy comes off the ice with him, see how he feels.”

Elliott has been sidelined with a knee injury since Nov. 25.

“I was able to get a whole net for a whole practice,” Elliott said. “Just tested it even more. It gives you a workout really. It’s tough to get an actual workout without getting out there with the guys and kind of battling through drills. You get tired and you’ve got to press on. It’s more of a mental challenge as well.

“(I felt) good. Just trying to get up to the game speed. Just following pucks. It’s one thing when you’re off for a little bit, even like a three-day break like Christmas, some of the hardest things is just following the puck with your eyes so you’re tracking pucks well. It’s what I’ve been trying to do since I’ve been back on the ice. Today was another step forward.”

Elliott is 8-4-1 this season to go along with a 1.82 G.A.A. and a .931 save percentage.