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Elliott to start for Blues

Saturday, 10.15.2011 / 5:18 PM

By Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Elliott to start for Blues
Backup goalie Brian Elliott will make his first start Blues tonight when St. Louis plays the San Jose Sharks.

Elliott will start in place of Jaroslav Halak, who is expected to be back in goal Sunday, when the Blues play at Anaheim in the second of back-to-back games. Elliott, a free-agent pickup, hasn't played since the preseason, but coach Davis Payne said he's not concerned.

"No worries about that," Payne said after the Blues' morning skate at HP Pavilion. "One thing a goalie in that situation knows is he's got to prepare extremely well. He's worked his tail off. A guy that does that, he's got a good foundation to step in and perform well."

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