Ottawa Senators Offense Needs to Help Craig Anderson Out

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Thursday night’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes was the fourth straight game the Ottawa Senators have seen decided by a one goal margin. Craig Anderson was stellar in net again, but the Senators salvaged just one point from the game, their third loss in four games.

Anderson allowed just two goal in regulation, and allowed three total goals for just the third time all season. The Senators managed 47 shots, but were only able to beat Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward twice. The team squandered three power play chances, a surprisingly off night for one of the most solid parts of their game this season. It was only the third time in 10 games that Ottawa has failed to convert on the power play this season.

Erik Karlsson and Daniel Alfredsson scored for the Senators in the loss. Anderson now has just six wins in nine appearances despite a 1.49 goals against average and a .950 save percentage. It’s a shame for the team to be wasting an incredibly strong start to the season from the veteran netminder, and if they hope to ride his performance to the playoffs they need to start helping him out on the other end of the ice.

With numerous teams in a bind at the goaltending position, the inquiries about Senators backup Ben Bishop are sure to pick up in the next few weeks. With Robin Lehner NHL-ready but stuck in the AHL with the Binghamton Senators, Ottawa may want to consider dealing Bishop if the right offensive piece becomes available in exchange.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL blogger for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JKatje or add him to you network on Google.

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