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    Ottawa Senators' Craig Anderson Stops 26 in Opening Night victory

    Anderson made 26 saves on 27 shots during Thursday's Opening Night victory in Buffalo.Anderson carried a shutout more than 49 minutes into the game until Jack Eichel scored his first career goal on a third-period power play. With Andrew Hammond (groin) hurting, the veteran has a great opportunity to put his stamp on the Ottawa nets in the early going. Despite Hammond's great run last year, Anderson did finish with a sparkling .923 save percentage, so he shouldn't be underrated.

  • Starting opener

    News: Craig Anderson will start between the pipes for Thursday night's opener against the Sabres, Dan Seguin of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports.
    Analysis: Craig Anderson remains in competition with Andrew Hammond for starts in net, but with Hammond still suffering from a groin issue, he'll receive the call Wednesday. Hammond is expected to be out approximately another week, so expect Anderson to start most of the contests while he's out.
  • Strong in net Thursday

    News: Craig Anderson allowed just two goals on 42 shots Thursday in a 5-2 win over the Canadiens.
    Analysis: Andrew Hammond was supposed to appear between the pipes instead of Craig Anderson, but a groin injury to Hammond changed the plans. The two puck stoppers are locked into a close competition for the No. 1 spot in goal this season and it's looking like a clear winner will not be decided before the Sens' exhibition slate ends this Saturday. While Anderson is the one with 12 years of experience, it's Hammond who went 20-1-2 with the Senators last season. This could continue to be a muddy situation well into the regular season.
  • Will be in net Thursday against Montreal

    News: Craig Anderson will start in goal Thursday night against the Canadiens, Ian Mendes of TSN1200 reports.
    Analysis: Craig Anderson was not the originally scheduled starter, but he will be out there in the wake of a sudden groin injury to Andrew Hammond. While it's unclear at this point how severe we should consider Hammond's injury to be, this is a great chance for Anderson to prove that the No. 1 goalie job belongs to him. Anderson is a capable backstop fresh off a season in which he compiled a sturdy 2.49 GAA and .923 save percentage, but Hammond is the young talent that helped the Sens to 20 wins in 24 starts last year. Keep an eye on the situation and see if Anderson can gain any separation in the goalie battle ahead of the new season.
  • Sens' Anderson Allows Just One In Loss

    News: Craig Anderson stopped 18 of 19 shots Sunday but was on the wrong end of the series-ending Game 6 loss.
    Analysis: Craig Anderson did all he could to keep the Sens' season alive after receiving the starting nod since Game 3 as he allowed just four total goals in those four games, but the offense in front of him couldn't provide any support Sunday. The 33-year-old finished the season at 14-13-8 with a 2.49 GAA and .923, but it remains to be seen how the club will approach their goaltending next season between Anderson and the soon-to-be restricted free agent Andrew Hammond.
  • Sens Turn To Anderson for Game 6

    News: Craig Anderson will start between the pipes for Sunday's Game 6 matchup with the Canadiens, the Ottawa Sun reports.
    Analysis: Craig Anderson has been spectacular in net for the Senators over the last three contests, posting save percentages above .950 in each of the contests. The Senators will ride the hot hand in net into Game 6 as they look to force a Game 7.
  • Sens' Anderson Will Start Friday

    News: Craig Anderson will be between the pipes for Friday's Game 5 against the Canadiens, TSN 1200's Gord Wilson reports.
    Analysis: It's hardly a surprise, as Craig Anderson was phenomenal in Game 4, turning away all of the 28 shots he faced en route to a shutout. He'll likely need to turn in a similar performance on Friday in order to give the Senators a chance to gain some ground in their series with the Habs, in which they currently trail three games to one.
  • Sens' Anderson Makes 45 Saves In Game 5 Win

    News: Craig Anderson was sensational Friday, shopping 45 of 46 shots in a Game 5 win over Montreal.
    Analysis: Craig Anderson has been unstoppable since starting Game 3, turning away 120 of 123 shots to help the Senators claw their way back into the series. Now trailing the Canadiens 3-2 in the first round, Anderson will need to come up big once again in Game 6 on Sunday if Ottawa hopes to see another day. With Anderson's gushing confidence and spectacular play, it's possible Ottawa could complete a reverse sweep. It was Andrew Hammond's net before, but it's Anderson's goal crease now.
  • Sens' Anderson Shuts Out Habs In Game 4

    News: Craig Anderson stopped all 28 of the shots he faced in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Canadiens.
    Analysis: Craig Anderson was perfect in net Wednesday, and his team needed every save to avoid being swept by the Habs. There's no word yet, but it's probably safe to assume that Anderson has earned the crease again to start Game 5 in Montreal.
  • Anderson Confirmed To Start For Sens In Game 4

    News: Coach Dave Cameron confirmed Craig Anderson would be in net for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Canadiens.
    Analysis: This much was expected after Craig Anderson was in the starter's crease during the team's morning skate. With the Senators staring at a 3-0 series deficit, it appears we've seen the last of Andrew Hammond during the postseason. If the Sens are able to escape with a win in Game 4, Cameron would more than likely be inclined to stick with Anderson the rest of the way.