Anderson will guard the cage in Saturday's home game against the Maple Leafs, Anderson was sharp in his last start against the Maple Leafs on Jan. 10, turning aside 45 of the 48 shots he faced en route to an impressive 4-3 road victory. The veteran netminder may have a hard time replicating that performance in Saturday's home matchup with Toronto, as the Maple Leafs have been fantastic offensively on the road this season, averaging 3.28 goals per game, second in the NHL.
Anderson allowed three goals on 36 shots in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Blues. Anderson got no help from the team in front of him, as the visitors held a 37-21 edge in shots, including an empty-netter after Anderson exited for an extra attacker late in the final frame. The 36-year-old netminder has allowed at least three goals in all but one of his past nine appearances and only has 12 wins in 33 appearances this season.
Anderson will tend the twine Thursday when the Senators host the Blues. Anderson has faced a barrage of shots in two of his last three outings, stopping 45 of 48 shots against both the Maple Leafs and Lightning to earn victories in those affairs. Next up for Anderson is a Blues club that sits just above those two clubs in shots per game (33.7) this season, so it wouldn't be surprising if the veteran netminder is pelted once again.
Anderson held off Toronto by making 45 stops on 48 shots in a 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Anderson didn't need a game like this in terms of the shots his defense allowed, but he did need a game like this in terms of building his confidence back up. After getting chased by the Blackhawks on Tuesday, a .938 save percentage against Toronto is a huge bounce back. Anderson has shown the talent to produce in tough spots, but his lack of consistency makes him best suited to daily situations until he gets things straightened out. Right now, neither his owners nor the Senators are sure which version they'll get.
Anderson will be between the pipes against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports. Anderson got yanked early Tuesday against Chicago after giving up four goals on 26 shots. With the extra rest, coach Guy Boucher will go right back to the veteran, rather than giving the second half of the back-to-back to No. 2 Mike Condon, who performed just as poorly in relief. In his previous seven outings, Anderson logged a disastrous 4.29 GAA and .886 save percentage. If he doesn't bring his best versus the Leafs, he could be in for another abbreviated outing.
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