2008-09: Moved into third on the club’s all-time shutout list with his ninth career whitewash on Feb. 6 at Minnesota… Posted a 1.98 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage in the month of December … Notched two shutouts in a five-game span from Nov. 25-Dec.13, first stopping 17 St. Louis shots (Nov. 25), then blanking Dallas on 27 attempts (Dec. 13)… Named the NHL's Third Star of the Week for the period ending Nov. 16 after going 3-0-0 at San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles Nov. 11-15. Stopped 119 of 126 shots during that span… Made a franchise-record 54 saves in a 4-3 overtime win at San Jose on Nov. 11… Started 19 of the team’s first 21 games of the season.
2007-08: Led the NHL in save percentage (.924) in his first full season in the league… Tied for third in the NHL in shutouts (6)… Compiled an 11-3-3 record in one-goal games and an 18-1-0 record when receiving three or more goals in offensive support… Named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week on March 30 after posting a 2-0-1 record with a 0.33 goals-against average, a .991 save percentage and two shutouts… Set a franchise record with a 233:48 shutout streak from the first period vs. Chicago on March 22 to overtime vs. Detroit on March 30. The streak ranked fifth-best in the NHL’s modern era at the time. He stopped 147 shots during that span… Won his first seven career starts – six of which came as a Predator from Oct. 10-Dec. 1, 2007 – tied for third best in NHL history… Posted a shutout in his first start as a Predator, stopping 20 shots in a 3-0 victory over Atlanta on Oct. 25… Signed a two-year contract on June 23, 2008. PLAYOFFS: Led the league in save percentage (.938)… Played in all six games of the club’s WCQ series vs. Detroit, his first six career postseason contests… Stopped 52-of-54 shots in Game Five, setting a franchise record for saves in a playoff game.
CAREER NOTES: Played his third pro season in 2006-07 with Iowa (AHL) and ranked third in the AHL in minutes played (3,194) and fourth in wins (30)… Ranked 12th in the AHL with a .912 save percentage in 2005-06… Earned the first win in Iowa Stars history, a 7-2 decision on Oct. 16, 2005 vs. San Antonio… 2003-04: Made his NHL debut with Dallas on Feb. 18, 2004 at Los Angeles, stopping 25 of 28 shots in his first NHL win… Named the Most Valuable Player of the ECHL playoffs and the MVP of the Kelly Cup Finals after leading Idaho to a league championship in 2004 with a 13-3 record and a 1.86 GAA.
AMATEUR: Played three seasons at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA), and ranks among the school’s leaders in games played (118), games started (117), wins (53), shutouts (7) and saves (3,125)… Named to the CCHA Second All-Star Team in 2001-02… Named the USHL Goaltender of the Year, Player of the Year and a First-Team All-Star after leading the USHL in wins (34), minutes played (3,274), shutouts (11) and GAA (2.25) with Omaha in 1999-00.
BACKGROUND: Nickname “Elly”… Does charity work for “Teen Ranch,” a Christian hockey school near his hometown that was influential on his development as a player and a person… Lists Jesus as the historical figure he would have most liked to have met… Spends his summers in Omaha, Nebraska… Favorites include Boston (NHL city to visit), Turks and Caicos (vacation destination) and ColdPlay and Dave Mathews Band (musicians)… Lists winning the ECHL’s Kelly Cup in his first professional season as his most memorable hockey moment… Has a cat named “Ozzy”… Wife – Katie, Son – Kaden.
TRANSACTIONS: July 7, 2007 – Signed as a free agent by Nashville… June 24, 2000 – Dallas’ second choice, 60th overall (second round), in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft..