TORONTO _ Craig Anderson is good to go.
The Senators’ goaltender confirmed Saturday morning he’s ready to return from a deep bruise to his blocker hand and he’ll start against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.
“I’m going to get in there and I’m going to give it a whirl,” said Anderson after the morning skate. “It felt pretty good this morning. I feel like where I need it to be at this point.”
Anderson has missed the better part of two months because of the ailment he suffered on Jan. 21 against the Leafs at home. He returned for two games but hasn’t played since March 10 when the injury flared up again after a loss to the Boston Bruins.
His return is good news for the Senators.
Goaltender Andrew “The Hamburglar” Hammond wasn’t even on the ice for the morning skate and limped out of the rink Friday before the club came to Toronto.
He may still dress as the backup but coach Dave Cameron said that decision hadn’t been made.
Winger Clarke MacArthur is ready to return from concussion he suffered and he’ll be in the lineup for winger Colin Greening.
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TORONTO _ Craig Anderson is good to go.
Who will be No. 1?
Dave Cameron isn’t sure who will start against the Maple Leafs Saturday night in Toronto.
Andrew Hammond limped out of the rink.
Craig Anderson is closing in on a return but didn’t declare himself ready.
He could be needed because Hammond limped didn’t look very good. ECHL callup Chris Driedger may get the start.
“I don’t know,” said Cameron.
Coming off a 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers Thursday night, it should be pretty intriguing Saturday morning.
The Senators’ goaltender took part in an optional skate Friday morning, is making the trip to Toronto and could be eligible to play Saturday night.
Anderson said his bruised hand is making progress.
“I feel really good. I’ve made strong progress but at this point right now we’re not sure about the weekend,” said Anderson Friday.
“Things are going in the right direction. We’ve seen a lot of good progress on the ice. It’s been excellent and we’re really close.”
Anderson has been out for the better part of two months with the injury he suffered against the Leafs on Jan. 21.
The Senators could also have winger Clarke MacArthur back from his concussion. He is waiting for the results of his tests but will
The Hamburglar chases the record Thursday night at Canadian Tire Centre by collecting points in 16 straight games.
He can tie Patrick Lalime who went 14-0-2 in 2006-07 with Pittsburgh.
Down at city hall today, council was a little red-faced after Senators president Cyril Leeder asked them not to open the Sens Mile on Elgin Street after a motion Wednesday at council.
The decision was ill-advised and ridiculous in the first place.
Reversing it was the right thing to do.
Sometimes politicians can’t help themselves and get overzealous.
Assume that’s what happened here. They were excited. No bid deal really. But the whole idea lacked any thinking and it certainly sounds like the Senators weren’t consulted at all.
Let’s see what happens.
Sorry for not being around here more.
At the GM’s meetings in Boca Raton this week and I have been focused on doing the job here. I’m not staying in Boca so I’ve had a bit of a commute after the meetings and then have to get straight to write my stuff.
Yes, it is nice in Florida. I spoke with Bryan Murray today regarding Craig Anderson injury. Here’s what he had to say and what I posted a couple of hours ago.
Clearly this is a frustrating situation for everybody involved _ Anderson and the Senators. Murray doesn’t think he’ll need surgery.
Speaking after the GM’s meetings wrapped up here, Murray said Anderson was being sent for another MRI just to make sure he’s going to be okay, but noted he won’t return to practice and play again until he’s deemed to be 100%. He first suffered the injury on Jan. 21 against the Maple Leafs.
“It’s just the same thing,” Murray said. “He was not 100% when he came back to backup. He said he could handle the puck fine and we put him against (Calgary and Boston) but he didn’t still feel like he was where he should be.
“The other night, supposedly in the warmup, he got hit in the same spot and it was bothersome. The thought was just get him out of the net, get him out of practice, do an MRI and all the evaluation again just to see what’s going on because it’s been (almost two months).”
Murray said he doesn’t think Anderson will need surgery.
“They thought it was simply a bone bruise at the beginning,” Murray said. “They were doing an MRI to double-check and make sure there was nothing that they missed. What happens with a bone bruise is they say there’s an interior of the bone and there’s particles that break away. That cause of a lot pain sometimes.
“We suspect that might be the problem.”
Murray admitted the situation is frustrating for Anderson and the organization especially with Robin Lehner sidelined with a concussion as well.
“It’s really hard to not have one of our top two guys back up _ at least _ the way (Andrew Hammond) is playing,” said Murray. “It’s big burden on Hammond as well to keep carrying the load every night and not having the backup that we might need if something did happen.”
Will be home in time to be at the Battle of Ontario Saturday.
MONTREAL _ Back to The Hamburglar.
After being a spectator for two straight games, coach Dave Cameron is going back to Andrew Hammond Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
Seven points back of the Boston Bruins for the final playoff spot after a 3-1 loss to Tuesday in Ottawa, Hammond, who is 7-0-1 in his first NHL starts, will take Craig Anderson’s spot in the net.
Hammond is excited for the challenge.
“It’s very special. This is an exciting rink and one of the most historic just because of the Canadiens and that just ads to it a little bit. It’s special,” said Hammond, who made his debut against the Habs on Feb. 18 in a 4-2 win at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Facing Carey Price at the other end for the Habs will be strong motivationCa.
“It’s natural to pay attention to it. For me, it’s a great challenge to compete against someone like that. It will be a really cool experience. It’s no different than facing Jonathan Quick in L.A.,” said Hammond.
Cameron said he doesn’t want Hammond to change.
“We’re very pleased with the way he’s been playing,” Cameron said.
Anderson said he’s okay with the decision.
“I will just wait and see when the coach wants to play me. That’s where we’re at as far as my status. As a group we’re playing better and you earn everything you get in this game. Andrew has done a great job for us and he’s earned the right to play,” said Anderson.
Defenceman Eric Gryba is a healthy scratch while defenceman Jared Cowen returns.