And even though Anderson’s backup, Mike Condon, is coming off a 24-save shutout of Florida, there was apparently no question about which goalie would face the Pens.
“He’s here,” Sens head coach Guy Boucher said of Anderson, per the club’s Twitter account. “He’s able to play, he plays.”
Anderson has been terrific this season, posting a 12-5-1 record with a .930 save percentage and 2.20 GAA. He was especially dialed in over his last five starts prior to departing, stopping 143 of 153 shots (a .935 save percentage, which “ballooned” mostly due to his final game, a 5-4 loss to Buffalo).
Condon, who had a brief stint in Pittsburgh this season before getting dealt to Ottawa, has performed admirably as well. He’s posted a pair of shutouts and boasts an impressive .946 save percentage on the year. That effort, combined with Anderson’s rock-solid play, has made Andrew Hammond the odd man out in Ottawa (The Hamburglar was reassigned to AHL Binghamton today).
Marc-Andre Fleury will get the nod for Pittsburgh. He’s riding a bit of a hot streak, having stopped 61 of his last 65 shots faced in consecutive victories.
— Robin Lehner, who returned from a one-game absence to make 31 saves in a loss to Boston on Saturday, starts for the Sabres. The host Capitals will once again turn to their workhorse, Braden Holtby, who looks to snap a three-game losing streak.
— After Mike Smith made a career-high 58 saves in a shootout loss to the Jackets on Saturday, Louis Domingue gives him a breather as the two teams meet again tonight. Sergei Bobrovsky will be in for the Jackets, after Curtis McElhinney got the win over the weekend.
The Vancouver Canucks will be without forward Derek Dorsett for a considerable while longer.
The Canucks announced today that Dorsett will undergo “cervical fusion surgery to repair disc degeneration in his neck.” The club expects him to “make a full recovery and return to play,” but no timeline could be provided at this point.
Dorsett’s surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Watkins of the Marina Del Rey Hospital spine clinic in Los Angeles.
“The decision to perform surgery was made after a thorough review of our options, including non-surgical treatment and rehabilitation,” said GM Jim Benning in a release. “Derek, our Canucks medical team and Dr. [Robert] Watkins believe that surgery offers the best outcome both for his career and long-term health. Derek is an important member of our team and we are optimistic for a full recovery.”
Dorsett last played Nov. 17 against the Coyotes. He was forced to leave the game with what the Canucks called an upper-body injury.
The 29-year-old has one goal and three assists in 14 games this season. He still leads all Vancouver forwards with 35 hits and 33 PIM.
Dorsett is signed through 2018-19 for a cap hit of $2.65 million.
Former Avalanche forward Marek Svatos died early last month of a drug overdose, according to the coroner in Colorado.
The Denver Post is reporting that Svatos “had codeine, morphine and an anti-anxiety medication in his system when he died of combined drug intoxication.” The Douglas County coroner also concluded in its report that Svatos had a history of heroin abuse and depression.
“Drug paraphernalia was found at the scene,” the report said, per the Post.
Svatos was 34 when he died Nov. 5. He last played in the NHL for the Ottawa Senators in 2010-11, before finishing his career overseas.
As reported earlier by the Post, Svatos was living in the Denver area with his wife and two young sons.
A situation worth monitoring in Arizona — Anthony Duclair will be in the press box for tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets, which head coach Dave Tippett classified as a “reset,” per the Republic.
Tippett did say Duclair would draw back into the lineup tomorrow, when the Coyotes take on the ‘Hawks in Chicago.
This season has been a struggle for the 21-year-old, one of the key pieces acquired when Arizona traded Keith Yandle to the Rangers in March of 2015. Duclair started brightly for the Coyotes, scoring 20 goals and 44 points in 81 games last season, but his offensive production has fallen off a cliff in ’16-17 — he has just one goal and four points through 23 games, and his ice time has dropped to an average of 13:10 per night.
In Saturday’s loss to Columbus, Duclair had the fourth-lowest TOI on the team, at 11:16.
“A little frustrated right now with the way things are going,” Duclair told the Republic. “I just gotta battle through it.”
As mentioned in the headline, Duclair’s name has recently surfaced in the rumor mill.
A few weeks ago, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos said he was “hearing teams are saying that Duclair could be had at the right price,” adding the Coyotes were looking for a “pretty penny” in return.
Kypreos’ comments were then followed by a report from TSN’s Darren Dreger, who said the following on Insider Trading:
“John Chayka, the general manager, is not shopping Anthony Duclair but they’d consider it if there was a significant deal that made sense to them and brought a center back to the Arizona Coyotes.
“Duclair’s name actually surfaced in Buffalo at the draft in the summer, and more recently has re-surfaced. They’re not pushing him out the door, but like Bob [McKenzie] said with Dougie Hamilton in Calgary, the same thing applies with Duclair — they’re willing to listen.”
Part of the reason Arizona could be willing to move Duclair is its wealth of young talent on the wings. Lawson Crouse, Brendan Perlini and Max Domi are already there, and Chayka may be willing to trade from a position of strength.