Anderson will start the Senators season opener on Thursday.
With Andrew Hammond out with groin injury, Anderson is set to start the first couple of games for the Senators. Anderson went 1-1-0 with a 3.05 GAA and .917 SV% in four preseason games and opens the season with a strong matchup in Buffalo. Anderson made 19 saves in a winning performance in his only start against the Sabres last year.
Hammond is expected to miss at least two weeks with a groin injury.
Hammond was slated to start Thursday’s prison game, but was scratched because he suffered the groin injury. The injury will now force him to miss a couple of weeks and likely the first five or six games of the season. Ottawa will look to Craig Anderson to lead the team, however they have two sets of back-to-backs in the first week and a half.
The Senators signed Mika Zibanejad to a two-year contract worth $5.3M.
Zibanejad, 22, had the best season of his career in 2014-15. The former 6th overall pick tallied his first ever 20-goal season to go along with 26 assists (46 points) in 80 games for the Senators. It was another step in the right direction for Zibanejad, who will be in the Sens’ top-6 for at least the next two seasons.
The Senators signed Mark Stone to a three-year contract worth $10.5M.
Stone, 23, was one of the hottest players in the final few months of the season and earned himself a rookie of the year nomination. The former sixth-round pick led all rookies with 64 points (26G / 38A) in 80 games. Stone heads into 2015-16 in search of his first career 30-goal season.
Anderson stopped 45 of 46 shots in the Senators 5-1 win over the Canadiens in Game 5. Anderson was excellent once again and has now stopped 120 of 123 shots (.976 SV%) that he has faced in this series. He will try to keep the Senators season alive with another win tonight in Ottawa.
Anderson stopped all 28 shots that he faced in the Senators 1-0 shutout win over Montreal in Game 4. Anderson kept Ottawa alive with his third career playoff shutout. Anderson will need to be great again on Friday if the Senators are going to avoid elimination—he has a 0.93 GAA and .974 SV% so far.
Anderson made 47 saves on 49 shots in the Senators 2-1 OT loss in Game 3. Anderson was outstanding in his first start of the playoffs, but allowed a soft goal in overtime that has the Senators starring elimination in the face tonight. Anderson has not won a game since March 8th, but he will need to get a W tonight if Ottawa is going to keep their season alive.