Pre-game update: Craig Anderson to start for Senators

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson will make his pre-season debut Thursday as the Senators take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Canadian Tire Centre.

Pre-game update: Craig Anderson to start for Senators
Ottawa Senators' Craig Anderson takes part in the team's NHL hockey training camp in Ottawa on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson will make his pre-season debut Thursday as the Senators take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Canadian Tire Centre.

Anderson, who is coming off an outstanding 2013 season, is expected to play the first two periods, with Binghamton-bound Nathan Lawson taking over for the third.

Other things to watch out for tonight:

— The line of Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan will play together in Ottawa for the first time since Ryan was traded to the Senators from the Anaheim Ducks and coach Paul MacLean is hoping the threesome builds more and more chemistry together, leading up to opening day

— Mika Zibanejad, poised to assume the third line centre role behind Spezza and Kyle Turris, should be given some room to move, playing alongside power wingers Colin Greening and Chris Neil

— The Killer P unit of Shane Prince, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Andre Petersson will look to turn some heads in their bid to make the big-league club. What the unit lacks in size – Prince is 5-11, 186 pounds, Pageau is 5-9, 172 pounds and Petersson checks in at 5-9 and 179 pounds – they promise to make up in terms of speed and skill.

— Defenceman Patrick Wiercioch, aiming to assume bigger responsibilities following the departure of veteran free agent Sergei Gonchar to the Dallas Stars, will get a shot on the first unit power play alongside Erik Karlsson

— As always in the Battle of Ontario, there’s the potential for fisticuff fireworks. Both Neil and Matt Kassian are in the Senators lineup, while the Leafs are expected to dress heavyweight David Broll.

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