Goalie nods: Craig Anderson gets the start again for Senators
After returning to the lineup on Saturday night in the Ottawa Senators’ 4-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, Craig Anderson gets another shot at them on Sunday night when the two teams wrap up their massive home-and-home weekend set of games with first place on the line in the Atlantic Division.
Anderson had been recently sidelined with a lower body injury but returned on Saturday night to stop 29 out of 32 shots to at least help the Senators pick up a point as they try to overtake the Canadiens for the top spot in the division.
Saturday’s game snapped what had been a personal six-game winning streak for Anderson, but even with the shootout loss he is still 8-1-1 in his past 10 starts since the middle of February, a stretch that has seen him record a .936 save percentage.
Overall this season Anderson has been great for the Senators, entering the day with one of the best save percentages in the league this season.
The team’s goaltending, both from him and the fantastic job that Mike Condon has done filling in this season as a backup, has been a big part of their story as they try to win their first division title since the 2005-06 season.
Canadiens coach Claude Julien also confirmed Carey Price will make the start again. He stopped 28 of 31 shots on Saturday night in the win.
Elsewhere on Sunday...
-- In the afternoon games it was Marc-Andre Fleury vs. James Reimer for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers, while Sergei Bobrovsky went against Cory Schneider in the Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New Jersey Devils game.
-- It will be Devan Dubnyk going for the Minnesota Wild as they try to break out of their recent slump against the Winnipeg Jets. Connor Hellebuyck gets the start for the Jets.
-- The Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche have not announced their starters for their game.
-- Steve Mason gets the call for the Philadelphia Flyers when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes. No official word yet from the Hurricanes but look for Cam Ward to get the start.
-- Brian Elliott looks to win his 11th consecutive start for the Calgary Flames when he starts on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Kings. He is 15-1-1 in his past 17 starts. The Kings have not announced their starting goalie.