The Senators announced they will loan Curtis Lazar to Team Canada for the World Junior Championship.
Lazar, 19, has recorded one goal and six assists in 27 games with the Senators this season. Lazar represented Team Canada last year as well—he recorded three goals and four assists in seven games in the tournament.
Anderson allowed four goals on 35 shots in the Senators loss to the Kings last Thursday. Robin Lehner got the last two starts, but it will be Anderson tonight in New Jersey. He has just one victory in his last eight starts (1-6-1) while posting a 3.27 GAA and .903 SV%. It has not been pretty for Andy, but he draws a strong matchup tonight.
Michalek (upper-body) will return to the Senators lineup on Monday.
Michalek has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury, but he will be back in tonight vs. the Sabres. Michalek will skate on the third line with David Legwand and Colin Greening. He has eight points (2G / 6A) in 25 games.
The Senators have recalled J.G Pageau from Binghamton (AHL).
With Zack Smith out for multiple months, the Senators have recalled Pageau to fill in. Pageau, 22, had two goals in 28 games with the Senators last season. He had 18 points (8G / 10A) in 25 games with Binghamton before his recall.
Lehner made 29 saves on 31 shots in the Senators 3-2 shootout win over the Bruins on Saturday afternoon. The strong outing has earned him back-to-back starts for the first time since November 20-22. Tonight he takes on a Sabres team who have surprisingly won three in a row and six of their last eight games.
Smith left today’s game with an upper-body injury and will not return.
If Smith’s injury is to keep him out for an extended period of time, expect J.G Pageau to be recalled form the AHL. After today’s game the Sens are off until Wednesday, so Smith has some time to recover before their next game.
MacArthur (illness) will return to the Senators’ lineup on Saturday.
MacArthur missed Thursday’s game with an illness, but will return this afternoon for the injured Chris Neil. MacArthur has 16 points (9G / 7A) in 27 games this season, but has just one goal in his last 10 games.
Lehner allowed four goals on 32 shots in a loss to the Lightning on November 29th. He missed some time with a knee injury, but will return to the crease this afternoon in Boston. In his first start vs. the Bruins, Lehner gave up four goals on 30 shots in a 4-2 loss.
MacArthur missed Thursday’s game with the flu but was back in practice this morning and should be in the lineup tomorrow. With Chris Neil out, MacArthur will reclaim his spot on the top line and Colin Greening will stay in the lineup for Neil.
Neil left Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury that was later deemed a knee injury that would keep him out week-to-week rather than day-to-day. Ottawa is back in action on Saturday and if Clarke MacArthur is not ready to return from the illness that held him out of last night’s game, the Senators will need to make a roster move.