Anderson allowed three goals on seven shots before being replaced by Anders Nilsson midway through the first period in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Blue Jackets. It's a rough, but fitting, way for Anderson's campaign to end. The veteran netminder has one more season at $4.75 million left on his current contract, but his 17-27-4 record, 3.51 GAA and .903 save percentage all suggest he's no longer capable of handling No. 1 duties in Ottawa.
Anderson will guard the goal when the Senators host the Blue Jackets in the season finale Saturday. Anderson will look to end what should be considered a disappointing season on a high note. The veteran owns significantly better numbers on home ice this season (2.91 GAA, .919 save percentage), which should give him a fighter's chance at picking up his 18th win before the season concludes. He will take on a Blue Jackets club that secured a playoff berth Friday, so the opposition could be at less than full force for the finale. It's at least worth noting the Blue Jackets can still move into the first wild-card spot.
Anderson yielded five goals on 26 shots in Monday's loss to the Lightning. Anderson stopped 77 of 79 shots over two games before this outing, but the floodgates finally opened up against the President's Trophy winners. The 37-year-old netminder now wears a .904 save percentage, which is respectable considering the lack of talent in front of him.
Anderson will tend the home twine in Monday's game versus the Lightning. Anderson went through a 14-game losing streak, but he's back on track now with three straight wins and a .954 save percentage in that span. The Bolts provide a substantial test as they lead the league with 3.88 goals per game and have won eight of the last 10 contests.
Anderson made 42 saves on 44 shots Saturday, helping his team earn a 4-2 win over Toronto. That's now three straight wins for Anderson, and he's closing strong at the end of what's been a frustrating and forgettable season. However, it might be wise to temper expectations for Ottawa's next game. Though he's hot and the Senators traditionally play well against Tampa Bay, too much can go wrong to risk starting Anderson against the Lightning's powerful offense.
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