Despite a roster that has been absolutely ravaged by injury this season, the Ottawa Senators have managed to remain in playoff contention in the Eastern Conference. As the postseason nears, they’re beginning to see a considerably healthier roster. One player that recently returned to action was starting goaltender Craig Anderson.
The Senators managed to survive without Anderson in net, running the likes of Robin Lehner and Ben Bishop out there, prior to the latter being traded prior to the deadline. They had varying levels of success, but performed pretty steadily with Anderson out, for the most part.
But as the last three games have showed us, Anderson is still the best netminder on the roster. While the Senators haven’t exactly set the world on fire in the trio of tilts since his return, he has performed fairly well in that action. His most recent performance proved to be his best.
In three games since his return to action, after spending nearly two months on the shelf with an ankle injury, Anderson has performed very well. He’s surrendered just five goals in three games, facing 74 shots in those three tilts total. He shook off a bit of a rough outing in his first game since returning, giving up a pair on 17 shots, but has fared much better in his last two.
If the Senators could have come up with some offense, maybe the outcome would have been different in those first two. His most recent start didn’t need the offense, though, as he shut out the New Jersey Devils in a 2-0 Senators victory. He’ll continue to start when the Senators hit the ice for their first game of the week on Monday.
While the Senators weren’t exactly getting poor goaltending from the likes of Lehner and Bishop, getting Anderson back is big or them. His numbers on the season are excellent, with a .949 save percentage and 1.52 goals-against average. His presence will be a huge key for this team heading into the postseason.