Anderson played fairly well in the final three games before the league postponement, stopping 104 of 111 shots and posting a 2-1-0 record. Anderson will be 39 in May and an unrestricted free agent after the season, and it's a genuine question as to whether the Senators will want to bring him back, as his career will almost certainly be over by the time the Senators are ready to compete again. He's still capable of strong numbers in the right situation, but his value's not going to be great in Ottawa.
Anderson yielded three goals on 39 shots in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Kings. Anderson had to protect a 2-1 lead for the last 18 minutes of the game, but he wasn't up to the task. He fell to 11-17-2 with a 3.25 GAA and a .902 save percentage in 34 appearances this season. Anderson still figures to get most of the starts for the Senators over the last few weeks of 2019-20.
Coach D.J. Smith said Tuesday that Anderson will start Wednesday's road matchup against the Kings. With Marcus Hogberg tasked with Tuesday's start in Anaheim, the Senators will elect to roll with Anderson for the second leg of the back-to-back. Anderson has accumulated a 2-3-0 record to go along with a 3.43 GAA and .904 save percentage in his past five starts. The 38-year-old will draw a great matchup against a Los Angeles offense that ranks 30th in the league in goals per game this season (2.52).
Anderson made 31 saves in a 2-1 overtime victory over the Sharks on Saturday. The old man dazzled Saturday -- he was only beaten on a first period power play. Anderson has won two straight, but he hasn't recorded more wins than losses in a season since 2015-16. That's in large part due to the team around him, but he is 38. It remains to be seen if Anderson inks a deal to be somebody's backup next year. For the rest of the season, you may need a combination of luck and prayer when you put him in your blue paint. The Sens are scrappy, but not very good.
Anderson will patrol the crease during Saturday's road game versus the Sharks, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports. Anderson played well in his last start Thursday against the Islanders, stopping 37 of 40 shots en route to a 4-3 victory. The veteran netminder will attempt to pick up his 11th win of the season in a road matchup with a San Jose team that's averaging 2.88 goals per game at home this campaign, 24th in the NHL.
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