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- November 10th, 2013

A quiet Sunday. The Senators had a pre-planned off-day following their 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers Saturday.
Goaltender Craig Anderson will be ready to play Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers. I think he will start. Some don’t think that should be the case. He is the No. 1 goalie. You have to give the reins and let him go.
Not everybody will agree. Coach Paul MacLean was a little non-commital following the game Saturday.
“Well today’s only Saturday so I’ve got two days to think about that, but we’re going to go through practice on Monday and Tuesday,” MacLean said Satyrdat. “Craig Anderson is the No. 1 goalie here in Ottawa and, if he’s ready to play, he’ll play.”
And, so he should. Look, Robin Lehner has been marvelous Nobody will argue that point. He has been strong, but he Anderson deserves the right to play. If he loses his job through his play, then so be it. He shouldn’t lose it through injury.

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  1. Dr JohnnyCanuck | November 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    “If he loses his job through his play…” Well, perhaps he has, Bruce. Anderson is giving up a goal a game more (3.14 to 2.13) and his save percentage is 33 points lower (.945 vs .912) and Lehner has taken the Senators to their first 3 game winning streak. Is this about what’s best for the Senators to win, or about “respect” beyond winning. Why not play Lehner until he loses? MacLean emphasizes time and time again that the best guys should play. How can you say that Lehner isn’t the best right now? If MacLean thinks Anderson has “earned it,” fine, but then he should stop saying the best guy plays, ’cause that’s Lehner right now.

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