Goalie Craig Anderson, right, talks to assistant coach Dave Cameron during the warm up as the Ottawa Senators practice at Scotiabank Place on Monday, February 11, 2013.
Photograph by: Wayne Cuddington, Ottawa Citizen
OTTAWA — After sitting out Saturday for only the second time in a dozen games this season, Craig Anderson will be back in goal for the Ottawa Senators Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Being a back-up allowed him the time to think about a lot of different things, but he insists being part of the United States team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics wasn’t one of them.
“My objective and my goal is to play for Ottawa Senators and give them an opportunity to win every night and if I do that, and the so-called Olympics come calling, that would just be a true honour, but that’s not really in my head at all,” said Anderson, who has put his name into the running due to his quick start.
Interestingly, Anderson, who leads the NHL in goals against average (1.49) and save percentage (.950) will be going head-to-head Tuesday against Ryan Miller, who was in the net when Sidney Crosby scored the golden goal in 2010.
Anderson, who has twice represented his country at the world championships, looks at all international trips as a chance to get away from the routine.
“Seeing another part of the world and how people live, that’s just an experience in itself. That’s something you don’t want to pass up. It’s like when we went to the Northwest Territories (for a charity tour during the lockout). You don’t want to plan a visit, but if you had the opportunity to visit, you definitely take the opportunity to see it. But as far as vacationing, we’re more of a beach family.”
As for sitting out Saturday, Anderson says it allowed him to see the game from a new viewpoint, hearing first hand what’s happening on the bench between the coaches and players.
“Any time you can get a physical and mental day away from the game, it’s a big relief,” he said.
“You can get refreshed and recharged. It’s not like it’s a two-week break. It’s a couple of days, but it’s enough to clear your mind and see the game from a different perspective.You get to see the cause and effect of the plays on the ice and spend a little more time thinking about it and that’s definitely an advantage.”
THE WALKING WOUNDED
The only update on Peter Regin Monday is that he is out day-to-day with an upper body injury which Senators coach Paul MacLean says was caused from a hit by Winnipeg Jets defenceman and Ottawa native Grant Clitsome during Saturday’s game. MacLean insists the injury is “definitely different” from his left shoulder problems of the past, which is good news. Maybe.
The bad news for the Senators is that Guillaume Latendresse’s recovery from his “whiplash” injury has stalled. Latendresse has only one assist in six games and there’s no timetable on when he could possibly return.
His absence is definitely missed, especially considering that the Senators are searching for more net front presence. At 6-2 and 230-235 pounds, Latendresse fits that bill.
Yet another potential scorer, Mark Stone, is currently in Ottawa, but he won’t be playing for awhile. Stone, who broke his finger while playing with Binghamton in the American Hockey League, is using the Senators facilities during the rehabilitation process.
SPEAKING OF MILLER
When the Sabres were here last week, the Senators took advantage of a rare start by back-up Buffalo goaltender Jhonas Enroth, scoring three goals on 10 shots, en route to an eventual 4-3 victory. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff isn’t going to make that mistake again.
While the Sabres are still struggling as a team – 3-7-1 in their past 11 games – Miller has regained his form in the past week.
He stopped 36 of 38 shots during a 3-1 loss to Boston on Sunday (the Bruins also scored into an empty net) and made 41 saves in a 3-2 defeat of the New York Islanders on Saturday.
The Senators have had his number over the years, though. Miller sports a career record of 14-16-3 against Ottawa.
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