Senators lose goalie Craig Anderson to upper body injury
The Ottawa Senators worst nightmare has been realized.
Goaltender Craig Anderson, who didn’t finish Friday’s 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils, was sidelined by an unspecified upper-body injury and didn’t up suit in Saturday’s home game against the Washington Capitals.
The hope is Anderson will return in time for a Dec. 28 road game against the New York Islanders, but there are no guarantees.
Marcus Hogberg was recalled from the Senators’ American Hockey League affiliate in Belleville to dress as backup for Mike McKenna, who had replaced Anderson in the third period of Friday’s contest.
With Belleville, Hogberg has a 2-3-0 record, a .906 save-percentage and a 2.55 goals-against average. He was sent back to Belleville after the game because the Senators have a five-day break in the schedule.
Anderson allowed five goals on 25 shots against the Devils, and he was in a collision with New Jersey’s Miles Wood. Senators head coach Guy Boucher took him out of the net after the second period.
“It wasn’t just that hit on Craig. He got banged a few times (Friday),” Boucher said. “It was a tough game that we had to get through.”
Boucher took Anderson out on Friday with the idea that the veteran netminder could start against the Capitals on Saturday. That would have represented a change from the original plan of giving McKenna the start against Washington.
Losing Anderson for any substantial length of time would represent a massive blow for the Senators. He has appeared in 31 games this season, compiling a 14-13-3 record, 3.58 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.
“It’s a big hit, but, in our circumstances right now, McKenna was supposed to play this back-to-back,” Boucher said. “If Andy is back the first game right after the break, in the end, it will just be normal circumstances.
“If he’s back and he’s able to play, then he’ll miss nothing.”
Anderson has done an excellent job for his team this season.
“He’s been very professional. He’s prepared this summer to give us exactly that,” Boucher said. “He’s given us everything he’s got and he understands the circumstances of our team and the season.
“He knows we’re in a rebuild, so there’s some nights like (Friday) and some nights where you can definitely see where we’re going. But, when you have a young team, you’re going to have some good nights and some nights where you have to move on.”