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Elliott to get the start in St. Louis

Brian Elliott will face his former team tonight in St. Louis

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

ST. LOUIS, MO -- The Moose is loose.

Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan has confirmed Brian Elliott gets the start against his former team tonight in St. Louis.

"Ells is going to go," he said after the team's morning meetings. "I've been asked a lot of questions about that and you can see there was a little plan we had with getting him going."

Last year, Elliott went 23-8-6 record with a 2.07 GAA and a .930 save percentage with the Blues.

The 31-year-old goaltender picked up his first win as a Flame last night in Chicago, stopped 31 of 33 shots and denying every Blackhawks shooter in the shootout in the 3-2 victory.

"For him, I know he would have liked to play last week but coming off of last night, the confidence that he has and the confidence that the team has, it's a good situation for him," Troy Brouwer said.

Gulutzan also announced he will be making changes on defence and up front.

Niklas Grossman will take over for Jyrki Jokipakka on the blueline. It will be Grossman's second game as a Flame. He signed a one-year deal with the club after going through training camp on a professional try-out agreement.

"I think this is a heavy game and I want a big veteran presence in there that can play a heavy game and get guys to the wall," Gulutzan said of the move.

St. Louis product Matthew Tkachuk will jump back in the lineup tonight with Freddie Hamilton sitting as a healthy scratch. Tkachuk has been out of the lineup for two games, which Gulutzan said was part of a plan to get him more acclimatized to the pace of play in the NHL and aid in his development.

"He's probably going to have to buy a few tickets tonight," Gulutzan chuckled. "It will be a great game for him. He deserves to play."

In five games this year, Tkachuk has one goal.

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