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Anderson sits, Hammond starts
After saying Craig Anderson gave his team the best chance to win prior to Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Boston, Ottawa head coach Dave Cameron flipped the script by announcing Andrew Hammond, not Anderson, would get the start for tonight’s tilt against Montreal.
Hammond — aka “The Hamburglar” — returns to the net after a two-game hiatus, looking to build on his eye-popping numbers: 7-0-1 record, .954 save percentage, 1.43 GAA and two shutouts in nine appearances. His return also comes at a crucial time for Ottawa, as the Sens blew a golden opportunity on Tuesday to close the gap on Boston’s lead in the Eastern Conference playoff chase; they head into tonight’s action seven points back of the B’s, albeit with a game in hand.
For Montreal, Carey Price will get the start in goal.
Bolts at Bruins: Ben Bishop vs. Tuukka Rask (probable)
Oilers at Pens: Ben Scrivens vs. Marc-Andre Fleury
Stars at ‘Canes: Kari Lehtonen vs. Anton Khudobin
Jets at Panthers: Michael Hutchinson vs. Dan Ellis
Jackets at Wings: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Jimmy Howard
Flyers at Blues: Steve Mason vs. Brian Elliott
Devils at Avs: Cory Schneider vs. Semyon Varlamov (probable)
Kings at Canucks: No confirmed starters for either team.
Blackhawks at Coyotes: Corey Crawford vs. Mike Smith
Preds at Sharks: (No starter for Nashville yet) vs. Antti Niemi