Elliott's encore performance; playoff positioning in the NHL

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St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott (Badger 2003-07) is doing something he hasn't done since the 2005-06 season for the Wisconsin Badgers. He's leading his league in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts. He's also on an extended shutout streak between the pipes.

Back during Wisconsin 2005-06 season, Elliott backstopped the Badgers to the program's sixth NCAA title and led the nation with a 1. 55 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and eight shutouts. All are school records. He also put together a WCHA record shutout streak of 269:52.

This season for St. Louis, Elliott currently leads the NHL with a 1.48 goals-against average, .943 save percentage and nine shutouts. He also happens to be in the midst of a shutout streak lasting more than three games. The Newmarket, Ontario native hasn't allowed a goal in 186:33, which is a franchise record. He has already set single-season records for shutouts and shares the franchise record of combined shutouts in a season with teammate Jaroslav Halak at 15. The 15 shutouts equal the modern era NHL record for team shutouts in a season.

In addition to Elliott's individual marks, his team leads in the chase for the NHL's President's Trophy, which goes to the regular season champion of the league. The Blue have four games remaining in their season.

Elliott's Blues are comfortably in the NHL playoffs, which begin in just under two weeks. He will be joined in the race for the Stanley Cup by other Badger alumni. New York Rangers Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh are battling Elliott for the President's Trophy with a playoff spot in hand. Other Badgers currently in playoff position include Jack Skille's Florida Panthers, Kyle Turris' Ottawa Senators, Ryan Suter and Craig Smith's Nashville Predators, Adam Burish and Jake Dowell's Dallas Stars and Davis Drewiske's Los Angeles Kings. Joe Pavelski and Brad Winchester's San Jose Sharks are just on the outside looking in at the moment. The Detroit Red Wings, who Brendan Smith has skated for this season, has clinched a playoff spot.

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