Senators' netminder plans

January, 18, 2013
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James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen thinks that "odds are good that ... Craig Anderson will get the start in goal against the Jets" in the Ottawa Senators' season-opener on Saturday. Anderson, himself, made it clear that he is ready for the start.

“Absolutely, there’s no better time to get back in it than now,” he said. “ I've had plenty of rest, so it shouldn't be any issue of being tired.”

Still, of the three Sens goalies, ESPN NHL Insider Craig Custance pegs Robin Lehner as the key to their netminding for this season:


Craig Custance
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"We know that Craig Anderson is technically the No. 1 goalie in Ottawa. And that Ben Bishop has a one-way deal and that it really doesn't make any sense to keep three goalies in Ottawa. But Lehner is the goalie who can transform Ottawa's season more than any of them. He was 14-5-1 with a .945 save percentage in Binghamton during the lockout, reporting to the team as a slimmer version of the guy who took a step backward in the AHL last year. If he's given an opportunity to continue that strong play during the early portion of the season, that allows the Senators to ease Anderson into the job. And if both play well, you trade Anderson or Bishop for another piece that could immediately help the Senators this season. That's a much more appealing option than sending him back to the AHL and going a more conservative route."

Tom Carpenter

Fantasy and Insider
Tom Carpenter is a fantasy basketball and football analyst, co-host of the Fantasy Focus Basketball podcast, and an NBA, NFL and NHL analyst for Insider and Rumor Central.

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