The Ottawa Senators have been one of the most consistent teams in the NHL this season. There are several players who deserve credit for that, including goalie Ben Bishop, who pitched his first shutout of the season on Thursday during a 4-0 win and continues to fill in well for Craig Anderson. It has reached a point where he could find himself being the starting goalie on this team for the rest of the season.
Bishop is 8-4 now with a 2.32 goals against average for the Senators, and the team has won his last four appearances. He may still be splitting time in net with Robin Lehner, but it is apparent that Bishop is the better goalie right now.
Anderson is expected to make his return in the next week or so, but the team shouldn’t consider just throwing him back in net right away, as it is going to take some time for Anderson to shake the rust off during that time.
The Senators have a great chance to make some noise in the playoffs when that time comes in a month. Ottawa needs Bishop and Anderson to be at the top of their games when the playoffs begin but for now, it is up to Bishop to hold down the fort and potentially keep it his even after the No. 1 returns.