Morning skate update: Bishop to make home debut

Ben Bishop will start his second straight game and Jim O’Brien will draw back into the lineup when the Ottawa Senators face off against the New York Rangers Thursday night.

Morning skate update: Bishop to make home debut
Matt Puempel. (Julie Oliver/OttawaCitizen)

Ben Bishop will start his second straight game and Jim O’Brien will draw back into the lineup when the Ottawa Senators face off against the New York Rangers at Scotiabank Place Thursday night.

Chris Phillips, who broke his nose in the Senators’ 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday, will also play — albeit with a bigger face shield.

For Bishop, the game will be a chance to show the fans why general manager Bryan Murray traded for him in an attempt to create some competition for the backup job in Ottawa.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Denver-born Bishop said following the morning skate Thursday. “I’ve played in Edmonton and Calgary, so I kind of have an idea what the Canadian rinks are like, the crowd, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Bishop picked up his first win as a Senator in Tampa Tuesday.

With O’Brien entering the lineup, Zenon Konopka will sit as a healthy scratch.

OTHER NEWS AND NOTES:

— No. 1 goaltender Craig Anderson skated before his teammates Thursday and held a full-sized goalie stick for the first time. Anderson is recovering from a cut tendon on his pinkie finger. (@ian_Mendes)

— While Bishop continues his tryout in Ottawa, Robin Lehner pitched a 22-save shutout in his return to the Binghamton Senators lineup Wednesday afternoon. (@PSBJoyOnTheSens)

Martin Biron will start in goal for the Rangers.

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