Anderson starts, Greening and Wiercioch sit for Senators in Toronto

Colin Greening and Patrick Wiercioch will be healthy scratches and Craig Anderson will get the start in goal when the Ottawa Senators face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre Saturday night.

Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators makes a save in traffic against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on February 13, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins won 4-2. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Colin Greening and Patrick Wiercioch will be healthy scratches and Craig Anderson will get the start in goal when the Ottawa Senators face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre Saturday night.

That means the three players called up from AHL Binghamton Friday will get the chance to experience the first edition of the 2013 Battle of Ontario.

Defenceman Eric Gryba (No. 62, for those without a program) will draw in and play alongside Marc Methot, while winger David Dziurzynski and (No. 59) and centre Derek Grant (No. 57) will line up with Jim O’Brien on the fourth forward unit.

It’ll be the first look at the Senators since they lost defencman Erik Karlsson to a lacerated Achilles tendon Wednesday night.

Coach Paul MacLean said the message to the new guys is simple.

“We just want them to be them,” he said. “We’re not asking anyone to be anybody that they can’t be, we’re just asking them to come here and play and show us what they do and how they play and if they play hard, we’re going to like the results.”

Daniel Alfredsson didn’t take the morning skate, but he will be in the lineup.

Meanwhile, Ben Scrivens is expected to start in goal for the Leafs after No. 1 netminder James Reimer went down with an MCL injury earlier this week. Scrivens is 2-3-0 this season with a 2.66 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.

He’ll be facing a Senators team that has lacked offensive punch thanks to the rash on injuries, something he insisted wasn’t really on his mind.

“We’re obviously aware of who they’ve got in and out of the lineup and what they’re trying to do, but we have to really just focus on what we’re doing out there.”

The Senators have lost five of their last seven games and have struggled to score since losing top centre Jason Spezza to back surgery at the end of January.

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