The Senators have sent Chris Driedger back to Binghamton (AHL).
Driedger, 20, did not appear in any games during his call-up and with Craig Anderson set to return on Tuesday, the Senators have cleared the way for him by reassigning Driedger. He has gone 2-0-0 with a 3.00 GAA and .891 SV% in two games with Binghamton.
Anderson (hand) has been activated from IR and will start on Wednesday in Winnipeg.
Anderson has been out since January 21st, but he will return to the lineup on Tuesday as a backup and will start the second game of the back-to-back on Wednesday. Anderson has gone 13-11-7 with a 2.37 GAA and .927 SV% on the season. He has gone 5-8-4 with a 2.47 GAA and .926 SV% on the road.
Puempel will return to the Senators lineup on Saturday.
Puempel had no points and two shots on goal in the first two games during his recall. He was a healthy scratch on Thursday, but will be in tonight vs. the Sharks. He will replace Curtis Lazar who is out with an illness.
Hammond stopped all 35 shots that he faced to earn his second shutout in as many nights. He has stopped 81 of the last 81 shots (.988 SV%) he has faced to earn three consecutive victories. Tonight he makes for a solid start against a Sharks team who is really struggling right now.
Hammond made 25 saves to earn his first career shutout last night vs. the Ducks. Hammond has won each of his first three NHL starts while posting a 1.00 GAA and .967 SV%. It will be interesting to see how he does on no rest against a tough Kings team in Los Angeles.
Hammond made 21 saves on 22 shots in the Senators 4-1 win over the Panthers on Saturday. He has won each of his first two NHL starts while turning aside 63 of 66 shots (.955 SV%) in the process. He will make a third straight start tonight in Anaheim—The Ducks have won three in a row while outscoring their opponent 12-7.
The NHL has suspended Jared Cowen for three-games for his hit on Jussi Jokinen.
Cowen’s hit was late and to the head. He was assessed a two-minute interference minor and given his status as a repeat offender, he got three games. He will miss the three-game California trip and is eligible to return next Tuesday in Minnesota.
Hammond made 42 saves on 44 shots in a win over the Canadiens in his first career NHL start on Wednesday. It was a glorious debut for the 27-year-old, who starts Saturday vs. a Panthers team who have gone 5-3-2 while averaging 2.60 goals per game in February.
Neil had thumb surgery on Thursday; out 4-5 weeks.
Neil will be out for at least one month, which really limits the chances that he gets traded at the trade deadline. With Neil out, the Senators are getting a chance to look at young prospects like Shane Prince and Matt Puempel.