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Craig Anderson to make first start since Feb. 21 for Ottawa

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Craig Anderson will make his first start since Feb. 21 after returning from injury. (USATSI)
Craig Anderson will make his first start since Feb. 21 after returning from injury. (USATSI)

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Craig Anderson is back and the Ottawa Senators are probably really happy to see him. Prior to going down with a severely sprained ankle on Feb. 21, Anderson was putting up Vezina Trophy-caliber and maybe even Hart Trophy-caliber numbers. He'll make his first start since sustaining that injury Sunday evening against the Florida Panthers.

Anderson posted a stunning, league-leading .952 save percentage and 1.49 goals-against average in his 15 appearances before going down in February. He was one of the NHL's biggest surprise performers, dwarfing his career numbers to start his 10th NHL season.

The Senators were able to weather the storm without him using the tandem of Robin Lehner and Ben Bishop before trading the latter away to Tampa Bay at the deadline. That trade allowed the Sens to pick up some much-needed scoring support with rookie Cory Conacher now added to the mix.

Currently on a three-game losing streak, getting Anderson back could be the shot in the arm the Senators need to stay ahead in the playoff race.

Anderson is 2-0-0 against the Panthers already this season with a 0.50 goals-against average and .982 save percentage, so this might be the right night to get him back into the mix.

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