ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott has been assigned to minor league Peoria on a conditioning assignment.
Elliott is scheduled to start Rivermen games on Friday against Oklahoma City and Saturday against Lake Erie before returning to the Blues.
"We play tonight and we don't play again until Monday," Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said. "He can go down and play two games and be back for practice on Sunday. We had talked about (the conditioning assignment) some different times. This was the best time for him not to miss anything and get a couple ganes in before the stretch."
Elliott, who led the NHL in goals-against average and save percentage last season, has played in only two games since Feb. 11. He played in back-to-back games March 3 and March 5 and hasn't been back since as rookie goalie Jake Allen (8-3, 2.45 goals-against average) has carved out a much larger role in recent weeks.
"He hasn't played in a long time, so he can go down there and feel the puck, get two games in real quick and be ready to go," Armstrong said.
Elliott has a 3-6-1 record in 11 games with a 3.65 goals-against average and .851 save percentage. He was second in the league last season with nine shutouts.
Jaroslav Halak was the starter for Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Kings. Halak came into Thursday with a 6-4-1 mark, including a 2.13 goals-against average and .893 save percentage.