The last time Craig Anderson started a game for the Ottawa Senators, he only lasted 4:18. He gave up two goals on four shots in that span against the L.A. Kings. He hasn’t been in net for the Senators since. With Ottawa set to play their second game in as many nights, Anderson will get the chance to redeem himself for the awful outing against the Kings.
MacLean confirms Kassian and Methot will play. Conacher and Wiercioch will sit. Anderson to start.
— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) December 19, 2013
Ottawa has struggled in their own zone this season. The defense allows 34 shots against on average, which is the third-worst in the NHL. Aside from a small hot streak from Robin Lehner, Ottawa’s netminding hasn’t been much better. Anderson in particular has struggled to regain the form that had him in Vezina Trophy conversations before he was forced to the IR with a long-term injury last year.
He’s allowed three or more goals in six of his last 10 outings, and has seen his save percentage sink down to .898. He is 9-8-1 on the year, yet the Senators are only three points outside of the last Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.