Morning Skate: Anderson to start in goal for Senators

Craig Anderson will return to the Ottawa Senators net and Marc Methot is expected back to be back on defence after missing Sunday’s game with the flu as the team faces the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Goalie Craig Anderson last played for the Senators in a 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 28, but is 9-1-1 against the Florida Panthers during his NHL career.

SUNRISE, Fla. — Craig Anderson will return to the Ottawa Senators net and Marc Methot is expected back to be back on defence after missing Sunday’s game with the flu as the team faces the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Anderson hasn’t played since the Senators’ 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks last Thursday, when he was pulled after allowing four goals on 15 shots.

He is, however, 9-1-1 against the Panthers during his National Hockey League career, and he lives in Florida during the off-season.

Tuesday’s game will also feature the return of forward Mike Hoffman to the NHL. Hoffman ranked second in American Hockey League scoring when recalled from the Binghamton Senators on Monday.

He has no points in four previous NHL games, but is expected to get a shot at playing left wing on a line with centre Kyle Turris and right-winger Bobby Ryan.

Senators coach Paul MacLean said he would make a decision on the healthy scratch on defence just before the game. The team is carrying seven defenceman on the roster.

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