OTTAWA - Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan had a message for his pair of goaltenders at this morning's meeting at the Canadian Tire Centre.
"I told them both directly today that it's 'Win, you're in.' We're at that point. Win, you're in. We'll give (Elliott) the start tonight and that's the way it's going to go from here.
"Until the schedule dictates that we might have to go a different way, in different games, that's the way we're going to take it. We're not here waiting around … to any of our players, we win, we'll keep going."
In the past four games, the Flames have been outscored 20-7 and have allowed nine goals in their last two loses.
Brian Elliott has appeared in two games during that stretch, allowing four goals in Toronto on Monday, while Chad Johnson has gotten the start in three of those skates and was relieved of his duties after allowing three goals on four shots in Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.
Elliott has faced the Senators once this season, making 31 saves in the Flames' 5-2 win over Ottawa on Oct. 28. He holds a 8-12-2 record with a 2.92 GAA and a .891 save percentage this season.
Johnson has a 16-12-1 record with a 2.50 GAA and a .913 save percentage this year.