Playing against your former team is always special, but Flames goalie Brian Elliott won’t have that pleasure tonight.
Instead of giving Elliott the start against St. Louis, Calgary will turn to Chad Johnson.
“You want to play good against your old teams,” said the veteran goalie, per beat reporter Wes Gilbertson. “Turns out, I didn’t get the opportunity today. Can’t really get hung up on it.”
Elliott spent the previous five seasons with the Blues.
It’s important to point out that these two teams will go head-to-head in St. Louis on Tuesday and Elliott will probably start that game.
“We thought about it, obviously, with (Elliott) having such a great career in St. Louis,” Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan said, per the St. Louis Dispatch. “But at the end of the day, we thought we wanted to keep (Johnson) going a little bit so we put him in.
Still, it has to be disappointing not to face your old teammates.
The 31-year-old has struggled with his new team. He’s dropped each of his first three starts of the season and he’s allowed four goals or more in each of those games.
Jake Allen will be between the pipes for St. Louis.
–The Columbus Blue Jackets have yet to name their starter. Kari Lehtonen will be between the pipes for the Dallas Stars. Lehtonen has a 2.03 goals-against-average and a .934 save percentage against the Jackets in his career.
—Marc-Andre Fleury makes his sixth straight start for the Penguins. The Predators, who have been hit by food poisoning, have yet to name a starter.