McElhinney will draw a road start Thursday night against the Senators, Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Dispatch reports. McElhinney, whose last start was Nov. 6, has watched No. 1 backstop Sergei Bobrovsky hog crease time in each of the past four games. McElhinney's rate stats (2.58 GAA and .912 save percentage) make him a decent spot starter most nights, and despite Ottawa's current second-place standing in the Atlantic Division, it owns a minus-3 goal differential. With nine games on the Thursday slate, you can easily find safer daily options than McElhinney but he's likely to be an inexpensive option against a seemingly overrated opponent.
McElhinney will be in the net against Anaheim on Friday, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports. McElhinney, a 32 year-old career backup, will take on an Anaheim team that will running on a high following a dramatic shootout win in their last game. Ducks' captain Ryan Getzlaf will return to action tonight, as well, providing another emotional jolt for his squad and the Anaheim crowd. All signs point to McElhinney enduring a rough outing.
McElhinney couldn't rescue the Jackets from an 0-7 start, as he allowed three goals on 28 shots in Tuesday's loss to the Islanders. The Jackets' backup has made three appearances this year, and all three have been against tough opponents -- the Rangers, Blackhawks and Isles. So it's no surprise that he hasn't put up good stats, especially with the Jackets struggling in every phase of the game. After the change of pace with McElhinney didn't work, Columbus will probably turn back to Sergei Bobrovsky in Minnesota on Thursday.
McElhinney will start in goal against the visiting Islanders on Tuesday evening. It's the second consecutive start between the pipes for McElhinney, the current owner of a 3.04 GAA and .889 save percentage. Fellow Blue Jackets twine tender Sergei Bobrovsky has been awful to start the season, already with five loses and a 5.07 GAA, so the team will count on McElhinney to right the ship for the winless Jackets.
Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney will be between the pipes in Saturday's tilt against the Blackhawks. Starter Sergei Bobrovsky has been terrible to start the season, posting an 0-5-0 record with a 5.07 GAA and .835 save percentage in five starts, so it's hardly surprising that the Blue Jackets have elected to shake things up by giving McElhinney the starting nod Saturday. McElhinney will take on a Blackhawks' squad that has sputtered offensively of late, only managing to score one goal in their last two games combined.
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