Anderson could start next weekend

Anderson could start next weekend

Craig Anderson could be back in action by next weekend.
While Anderson appears to be making steady progress in his recovery from right baby finger surgery — he was on the ice again Saturday morning during the Ottawa Senators’ optional morning skate — General manager Bryan Murray said the organization won’t risk bringing him back too soon.
The team is heeding the advice of the doctors who performed the surgery, who said Anderson needed to sit out at least four weeks from the date of the accident. Anderson cut his finger while cutting frozen chicken on Feb. 22, only hours after he had helped the team defeat the Florida Panthers.
That four-week mark arrives on Thursday. If Anderson gets through another few days of practice without a setback, he could be back in the net Friday, when the Senators visit the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Or, perhaps the Senators could wait for the arrival of the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins at Scotiabank Place next Saturday. The Penguins have won 11 consecutive games, looking like the class of the NHL.
Anderson has a record of 29-19-6, with a goals-against average of 2.85 and a .913 save percentage.
In his absence, Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner have played well.
Bishop went into Saturday’s game against the Maple Leafs with a record of 3-0-2, with a 1.92 goals against average and .926 save percentage. Lehner, who has since been assigned to Binghamton of the American Hockey League, went 2-2 in his stint, including a 1-0 shutout of the Boston Bruins on Feb. 28. While Alex Auld is currently serving as the backup to Bishop, it’s believed that Auld will serve as a third goaltender once Anderson returns.
Green MachineNo, those weren’t the old Hartford Whalers that took the ice for the warm-up Saturday. The Senators wore special St. Patrick’s Day-themed green sweaters for the pre-game warm-up Saturday. The players will autograph the sweaters and they will be auctioned off for charity.

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