Goalie nods: Elliott to make career-high 15th straight start for Blues

It’s unclear how much longer the ride will last for Brian Elliott.

But one thing’s for certain — the ride’s been terrific.

Elliott, who’s been lights-out since Jake Allen went down to injury in early January, will make his 15th consecutive start tonight when the Blues take on Dallas at Scottrade.

Elliott has gone 9-3-3 with a 1.78 GAA and .945 save percentage since his goaltending counterpart hurt his knee. Now, it looks like Allen is primed to return — he was taking warmup shots in the net opposite Elliott at this morning’s skate — which means yet another goalie controversy is brewing for head coach Ken Hitchcock.

Of course, the last thing Hitch wants to discuss right now is goaltending.

“I don’t want to talk about him,” Hitchcock said of Elliott, per NHL.com’s Lou Korac. “As soon as I start talking, something happens. Just write his number down, that’s No. 1, put it on the board, and have him play. That’s about all I’m doing now. I’m not looking, I’m not trying to analyze. Just write the number down and let him play.”

For Dallas, Kari Lehtonen is likely in goal after Antti Niemi beat the Preds in OT last night.

Elsewhere…

Michal Neuvirth gets another crack at the Devils after allowing two goals on 24 shots in a loss to them on Saturday. Cory Schneider goes for New Jersey.

Philipp Grubauer gives workhorse Braden Holtby a night off in Washington. Jonathan Quick is likely for the visiting Kings.

— With Cam Ward hurt, Eddie Lack gets a home start against the Jets. Winnipeg will counter with Ondrej Pavelec, who returned from injury on Saturday to make 21 saves in a shootout win over Edmonton.

— Columbus will keep rolling with Joonas Korpisalo, even though Curtis McElhinney was activated from IR yesterday. The Bruins look like they’ll go with Tuukka Rask.

— Former teammates Robin Lehner and Craig Anderson will face off as Buffalo visits Ottawa.

Martin Jones will go for his third straight win when the Sharks take on the Bolts in Tampa. The Lightning are starting Ben Bishop.

— The red-hot Frederik Andersen will start again when the Ducks take on the Oilers. Edmonton is going with Cam Talbot.

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