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Elliott Making Great Progress

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Blues goalie Brian Elliott was back on the ice for practice Sunday and is inching closer to making a return to the lineup.

Elliott has been out since sustaining a lower-body injury on Nov. 25 vs. Ottawa but could be back in the next several days.

“(I feel) good,” Elliott said. “I’m just trying to get up to game speed and following pucks. I think when you’re off for a little bit, even for a three-day break like Christmas, some of the hardest things are just following the puck with your eyes and tracking pucks well. That’s what I’ve been trying to do since I’ve been back on the ice and today is another step forward.”

Jake Allen and Martin Brodeur shared a net on Sunday, but Elliott was given the full workload across the way.

“Our hope is that he’s ready here in the next couple of days,” Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We’re hopeful after (Goalie Coach Jim Corsi) works with him today that he feels good and he’s up and running and ready to go.”

Hitchcock said Brodeur will start Monday vs. Colorado, but it’s possible that Elliott could return in time for a four-game road trip to Nashville, Anaheim, San Jose and Phoenix.

“All we know is we’re one day at a time,” Hitchcock said. “We’re playing Marty tomorrow and we’ll figure it out from there.”

“You never know how you’re going to feel confidence wise,” Elliott added. “But just being within yourself, feeling good about the saves you’re making, your save selection, following pucks, controlling rebounds. It’s all the little things.

“If you feel comfortable doing that in practice, you’re definitely ready to go in a game.”

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