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Monday, December 16th (All times Eastern)

St. Louis Blues (22-6-3) at Ottawa Senators (13-15-6), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliott is expected to face his former Ottawa team for just the second time in his career on Monday night when the Blues visit the Senators.

Elliott was a ninth-round pick by the Senators in 2003 and made 130 appearances with the club, including a career-high 48 starts in 2009-10. He went 29-18-4 with a 2.57 goals against average in 55 games that season, but was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche during the following campaign on Feb. 18, 2011 for Craig Anderson.

Elliott has formed a solid goaltending tandem with Jaroslav Halak since joining the Blues, but has been limited to just eight starts this season to Halak's 23.

The 28-year-old Elliott faced the Senators for the first time in his career on Feb. 7, 2012 in Ottawa and stopped 28-of-29 shots faced in a 3-1 win.

The Blues will return home to face San Jose on Tuesday, so Elliott will go tonight with Halak likely to start the following night. Halak made 30 saves in a 4-3 overtime in over Columbus on Saturday.

David Backes scored 22 seconds into the bonus frame, swiping the puck away from a Blue Jackets player, shaking a defender and going top shelf to beat Mike McKenna for his fourth goal in the past five contests.

Vladimir Tarasenko added a pair of goals and Chris Stewart scored for the Blues, winners in three straight.

"We had the good and bad right throughout the game," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Every part of our game was bad and good. We had good early then bad for a long stretch, then we started to come on again."

The Sens and Anderson are looking to shake off a bad game on Saturday, when they fell in defeat 5-2 to the Los Angeles Kings. Anderson had a forgettable night, yielding two goals on four shots before getting lifted less than five minutes into the game.

Anderson is just 9-8-3 with a 3.37 goals against average and .898 save percentage this season. He is 4-2-0 with a 3.29 GAA versus the Blues.

Robin Lehner made 19 saves on 22 shots faced in relief on Saturday, while Joe Corvo and Erik Karlsson had the goals in Ottawa's fourth loss in six games.

"We are trying to be a better team at home. To lose this game takes a little bit of momentum away from us," said Ottawa captain Jason Spezza.

Senators defenseman Jared Cowen is eligible to return after serving a two-game suspension for a hit to the head last Tuesday versus Buffalo.

The Blues have won two straight over the Senators since a five-game series losing streak. Their 3-1 win at Ottawa on Feb. 7, 2012 snapped a five-game road skid to the Sens and was the Blues' first victory in Ottawa since Jan. 26, 2000.

12/16 10:40:26 ET

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Local
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
ORL 94
UTA 101
Final
CLE 95
BRK 91
Final
BOS 114
MIN 98
Final
DET 100
TOR 110
Final
MIA 103
WAS 105
Final
MEM 97
CHI 103
2nd OT
SAN 108
POR 104
 
3rd
DEN 69
LAC 74
 
1st
LAL 14
OKC 4
 
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
Final
LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
Final
SCAR 68
CLEM 45
Final
CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
Final
MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
Final
ODU 60
MDES 43
 
Final
BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
Final
KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
Final
FAM 65
UNF 83
 
Final
NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
Final
DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
Final
FLGC 83
FUR 78
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
Final
MTST 68
CHAT 58
Final
NDAK 78
DICKINSON 48
 
Final
LAMON 76
LSUALEX 71
 
Final
PRIN 77
LIP 55
 
Final
LAM 80
MLGN 53
 
Final
MINN 92
SEAT 57
 
Final
LOYC 73
SUTAH 57
 
Final
SELA 81
WINT 71
 
Final
SILL 52
NO 56
 
Final
MARQ 83
ALAAM 49
 
2nd
TTU 66
ARKPB 48
 
2nd
DEN 74
COLST 81
 
2nd
CREI 75
TXPA 58
 
1st
CAL 35
EWASH 24
 
Half
UTST 30
IDST 24
 
11:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ARZ
11:59pm Tonight
CHAM
HAW
 
Final
NJD 3
TAM 2
Final
OTT 6
ANA 2
Final
DET 1
NYI 2
Final
WIN 2
BOS 1
2nd Intermission
CAL 1
DAL 2