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Welcome Craig Anderson to the trade rumor mill

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Craig Anderson’s been one of the bright spots in an otherwise disappointing season for Ottawa.

Perhaps a little too bright.

Boasting a .929 save percentage and a 2.30 GAA — impressive, given the Sens are 19th in goals against (2.67) and allow the fifth-most shots (32.5) per game — Anderson has become a hot topic in the Canadian capital and, this week, both the Ottawa Sun and Citizen ran stories on trade talks.

“The ball is in their court,” Anderson said, per the Sun. “All I can do is go play. If something fits their needs, where I don’t belong in their plans, then so be it, but I don’t even want to talk about it like that because there’s no been no speculation of that at all.

“All I can do is go out and play and try to help this team win.”

It’s easy to see why Anderson’s considered movable. The Sens head into Friday’s action eight points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and, given their internal budget restraints, could be a seller come deadline day. Anderson, meanwhile, doesn’t have a no-trade clause and his three-year contract carries a relatively friendly cap hit ($3.19M); what’s more, the 33-year-old has proven to be a quality postseason netminder. Anderson was phenomenal in the opening round of his last playoff appearance (in 2013), allowing just nine goals on 180 shots — good for a .950 save percentage — in a five-game victory over Montreal.

There are other factors to consider as well. Robin Lehner, 23, is the Sens’ goalie of the future and locked in through 2017; there are also a few teams rumored to be looking at acquiring goaltending help (the Sun points to possible landing spots in Edmonton, St. Louis and Minnesota — yes, even following the Devan Dubnyk trade.)

There’s also the potential for injury. Nashville and Detroit have both recently lost No. 1 netminders Pekka Rinne and Jimmy Howard, so something else could easily pop up prior to the March trade deadline.

Just ask Anderson.

“There’s two things guaranteed in hockey: Change and injuries,” he explained. “We’ve had our fair share of injuries. When you don’t win, lots of changes happen. When you win, some changes happen.

“It’s kind of what we’re used to.”

Goalie nods: After replacing Lundqvist last game, Talbot gets big test vs. B’s

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All the latest from the crease…

Talbot starts in Boston

Bit of a curious one from the Rangers as they’ll start Cam Talbot ahead of Henrik Lundqvist tonight against the Bruins at TD Garden.

Talbot, who replaced Lundqvist during Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the Islanders, has been very good of late, stopping 58 of his last 61 shots faced for a .951 save percentage. That said, it will be odd to see him ahead of Lundqvist in a big game; Boston is streaking lately, with just one regulation loss in its last 11 games

Some reactions:

For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask is the likely starter in goal.


Wild at Sabres: Devan Dubnyk vs. Jhonas Enroth (read more here)

Canucks at Flyers: Ryan Miller for Vancouver, Ray Emery likely for Philly.

Avs at Panthers: Semyon Varlamov vs. Roberto Luongo

Oilers at Bolts: Ben Scrivens vs. Ben Bishop

Habs at Sens: Craig Anderson for Ottawa, no word yet on a Montreal starter.

Wings at Blues: Petr Mrazek vs. Brian Elliott

Jets at Stars: Ondrej Pavelec likely for Winnipeg, Anders Lindback likely for Dallas (read more here)

Flames at Coyotes: Joni Ortio vs. Mike Smith

Leafs at Sharks: Antti Niemi likely for San Jose, no word yet on a Toronto starter.

Stars score four second period goals to edge the Sens

Anders Lindback, John Klingberg

Dallas scored four straight second period goals to erase an early 2-0 deficit and defeat the Ottawa Senators 5-4 Tuesday night.

John Klingberg scored twice while Trevor Daley and Erik Cole had the others in the second period for the Stars, who trailed 3-1 after the first period.

Ottawa jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and appeared to be in control of the hockey game out-shooting Dallas 11-9 in the first period.

Clarke MacArthur’s 13th of the season midway through the first period gave Ottawa a two goal lead and forced Stars’ coach Lindy Ruff to make a goaltending change.

Kari Lehtonen was pulled in favor of Anders Lindback after allowing two goals on the first five shots of the game.

Lindback made 34 saves for the win. Ales Hemsky had the other Stars’ goal.

Mike Hoffman, Jared Cowen and Milan Michalek scored for Ottawa while Robin Lehner made 24 saves in the loss.

Cole had a questionable hit on Senators defenseman Marc Methot late in the first period. There was no penalty on the play.

Jason Spezza was held off the scoresheet in 14:56 of ice time against his former team.

Goalie nods: All-Czech matchup for Hasek night in Buffalo

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Czech affair

A fitting goaltending duel in Buffalo tonight as the Sabres retire Dominik Hasek’s No. 39: Michal Neuvirth will go up against Petr Mrazek as two of the NHL’s three active Czech goalies battle it out.

Mrazek, back with the Red Wings after injuries to Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson, has posted a 5-3-1 record with a 2.29 GAA and .916 save percentage this year. He did allow two goals on just 12 shots in relief of Howard on Saturday against Washington, though.

Neuvirth, meanwhile, will look to build on one of the finest performances of his career. He was brilliant in Friday’s 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay, making 45 saves on 47 shots for a .957 save percentage. While the 26-year-old’s numbers on the year aren’t great — 3-11-1, .909 save percentage, 3.36 GAA — Neuvirth has had a couple good outings lately, which included stops on 31 of 33 shots in a loss to Florida on Jan. 2.


Bolts at Bruins: Tuukka Rask likely for Boston, no word yet on a Tampa Bay starter.

Isles at Rangers: Jaroslav Halak vs. Henrik Lundqvist

Wild at Pens: Niklas Backstrom vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Avs at ‘Canes: Calvin Pickard vs. Anton Khudobin

Panthers at Jets: Roberto Luongo vs. Michael Hutchinson

Canucks vs. Preds: Eddie Lack for Vancouver, Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville.

Oilers at Blues: Ben Scrivens vs. Jake Allen

Sens at Stars: Robin Lehner for Ottawa, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Sharks at Coyotes: Devan Dubnyk for Arizona, Antti Niemi likely for San Jose.

Five individual stats you may find interesting

Nick Foligno

21.4% — Nick Foligno’s shooting percentage. Among NHL regulars, only Colorado’s Alex Tanguay (23.5%) has a higher conversion rate. Which is why many questioned the wisdom of giving Foligno — a 27-year-old who’s never scored more than 20 goals in a season, and has a career shooting percentage of 12.3 — a six-year, $33 million contract extension. Not saying he’s a bad player, and not saying he could be replaced for way less money. But he sure picked a good time to get hot.

16:43 — Average ice time for Florida’s Nick Bjugstad. Among Panthers forwards, that’s the most on the team. Which is pretty amazing, considering his ice time ranks tied for 135th (with Minnesota’s Thomas Vanek) among all NHL forwards. Indeed, the Panthers take rolling all four lines to the extreme. Saturday in Edmonton, they didn’t have a single forward who played less than 11:46 (Tomas Fleischmann), while no forward played more than 17:37 (Jussi Jokinen).

53 — Takeaways for Colorado forward Ryan O’Reilly. That’s the most in the NHL. We mostly mention this because O’Reilly’s name continues to come up in trade speculation. O’Reilly is signed through next season for a cap hit of $6 million, after which he can become an unrestricted free agent. The Avs are still alive in the playoff race, but it’ll be interesting to see where they are come March 2. O’Reilly could be a huge pick-up for a Stanley Cup contender. Granted, he won’t come cheap, which could make an offseason deal more likely, if he’s traded at all.

93.2 — Nino Niederreiter’s PDO. Among skaters that have logged at least 400 minutes of ice time, that’s the lowest. And it helps explain the fact he’s minus-14, the worst plus-minus on the Wild. Five on five, Minnesota goalies have registered an .874 save percentage when Niederreiter’s been on the ice this season. Not sure that’s all his fault.

107.8 — Mike Hoffman’s PDO. Among skaters that have logged at least 400 minutes of ice time, that’s the highest. Not surprisingly, he has a good plus-minus, at plus-19. Just not sure how much credit the 25-year-old winger deserves for Ottawa’s goalies registering a .952 save percentage when he’s been on the ice.