The Columbus Blue Jackets have faced three straight backup goaltenders, but remain owners of the worst record in the NHL.
That might be the perfect reason for the slumping Anaheim Ducks to give Dan Ellis a start with Jonas Hiller coming off a busy stretch in net.
The Blue Jackets will try to win their second straight at Nationwide Arena on Sunday night when they open a home-heavy portion of their schedule with the first of four matchups against the Ducks in 2011-12.
After getting three shots past Ty Conklin on Tuesday in a 4-1 home win over Detroit that snapped a franchise-worst 0-7-1 start, the Blue Jackets (1-9-1) fired a season-best 43 shots against Buffalo's Jhonas Enroth in Thursday's 4-2 road loss. On Saturday, Ray Emery made 27 saves against them in a 5-2 loss at Chicago.
The time could be right for Anaheim to start Ellis. Hiller has made five consecutive starts - all in the last nine days - with the Ducks dropping four of those games including Saturday's 3-0 ...