Senators notebook: Zibanejad probable for Monday game, Anderson starts

Mika Zibanejad should be ready to return the lineup when the Ottawa Senators face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Canadian Tire Centre Monday night.

Mika Zibanejad should be ready to return the lineup when the Ottawa Senators face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Canadian Tire Centre Monday night.

Zibanejad missed Saturday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes with an upper body injury, but after participating in a full practice Sunday, he declared himself fit to return.

“I feel like I can play (Monday), I feel good, everything feels good, so it’s just a matter of if the coach wants me to go or not,” he said.

MacLean said the current plan has Zibanejad in the lineup, but he was holding off making a final call until the morning.

Zibanejad has eight goals and seven assists in 29 games this season.

ANDERSON STARTS

The Senators will go right back with goaltender Craig Anderson against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins, despite a .870 save percentage over his last three games (all losses).

Anderson allowed four goals on 38 shots against the Coyotes Sunday afternoon.

CECI VS. CROSBY

Speaking of Sidney Crosby, Senators rookie defenceman Cody Ceci was looking forward to testing himself against the league’s leading scorer.

“You’ve got treat him like any other player – you can’t give him too much respect or else he’ll take everything you give (him) and he’ll put some numbers up on the board like he’s been doing all year,” Ceci said.

“So you’ve just got to play him hard down low, he’s a really good player down low, so I guess you’ve just got to stay between him and the net and do the best you can.”

Asked to name the most talented player he’s faced so far in his six-game NHL career, he named Los Angeles Kings centre Anze Kopitar and the St. Louis Blues’ Alex Steen.

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