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Andrew Hammond

How many starts does the Hamburglar have left?


Andrew Hammond’s run as Ottawa’s No. 1 could soon be coming to a close.

While this sounds a tad reactionary in the wake of Hammond’s first — and only — regulation loss of the season, consider the following:

• Hammond looked shaky in Thursday’s 5-1 defeat to the Rangers, most notably on this Chris Kreider tally late in the first period. But rather than chalk it up to a stinker performance — the ‘burglar was due for one, after all — the party line afterward was that Hammond’s playing hurt, reportedly still feeling the effects of a collision with San Jose’s Logan Couture from Monday night.

Hammond suggested he’s not 100 percent, with Sens head coach Dave Cameron adding he’s “beat up a little bit.” Today, Hammond didn’t take part in Ottawa’s optional skate and was seen limping out of the rink. This could be a legit injury, or it could be general wear and tear; it’s important to remember that, for all his heroics, Hammond has never played more than 48 games in a single season and the weight of his recent workload — 17 games in 38 days — has been heightened by the pressure of Ottawa’s playoff push.

• Craig Anderson (hand) is pretty much ready to go. On Thursday, Cameron told the Ottawa Sun that if Anderson was able to take shots off his blocker, “that’s a good sign. There was talk that he might be able to [back up] if he took some shots off the blocker.”

And guess what Anderson did on Friday?

There was some thought that Anderson could be eased back into the lineup by serving as Hammond’s No. 2 for Saturday’s game in Toronto. Now, though, it seems as though Andy could be the No. 1 this weekend, with the Hamburglar backing up.

• From there, things would get interesting. After the Leafs tilt, Ottawa has eight games remaining; Anderson would obviously need a lot of work to get back into game shape, given he’s only made two appearances over the last two months. It’s important to remember that, before the Hamburglar took off, Anderson was enjoying a pretty successful season himself, going 14-12-7 with a 2.44 GAA, .925 save percentage and three shutouts.

Anderson also has a decided advantage over Hammond with regards to playoff experience — 23 games to zero — and in his last postseason appearance (2013), Anderson allowed just nine goals on 180 shots, good for a .950 save percentage, in an opening-round victory over Montreal.

• Finally, it’s worth noting that Dave Cameron has gone with Anderson in big spots before. Two weeks ago he said it was Anderson, not Hammond, that gave Ottawa the best chance to win for a crucial tilt against Boston.

Goalie nods: Hackett goes for Sabres in McEichel Derby

Matt Hackett

All the latest from the blue paint…

No Lindback for Buffalo

The NHL’s two worst teams — standings-wise, anyway — will do battle tonight when the Sabres host the Coyotes in Buffalo, and Buffalo will start little-used Matthew Hackett in net ahead of Anders Lindback, who’s been quite solid of late.

Hackett, 25, is 0-3-0 this year with a .893 save percentage and 4.34 GAA. He’s spent the majority of the season AHL Rochester, but was summoned to the Sabres after Chad Johnson went down to injury almost immediately after being acquired via trade.

In hist last outing, a 3-0 loss to Nashville, Hackett allowed three goals on 43 shots, good for a .930 save percentage.

For the Coyotes, Mike Smith will get the start in goal. Smith’s turnaround after a dreadful start has been one of the few bright spots in Arizona this season, and is worth mentioning — the veteran has been very good in nine games this month, allowing just 21 goals on 326 shots for a .936 save percentage.


Anaheim at Boston: Frederik Andersen vs. Tuukka Rask (probable)

Kings at Isles: Jonathan Quick (probable) vs. Jaroslav Halak

Devils at Caps: Cory Schneider vs. Braden Holtby

Pens at ‘Canes: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Cam Ward

Preds at Bolts: Pekka Rinne (probable) vs. Ben Bishop

Sharks at Wings: Antti Niemi vs. Jimmy Howard

Rangers at Sens: Cam Talbot vs. Andrew Hammond

Panthers at Leafs: Roberto Luongo vs. Jonathan Bernier

Habs at Jets: Dustin Tokarski vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Avs at Canucks: Semyon Varlamov vs. (No Vancouver starter yet.)

Sharks add much-needed goalie depth, sign Wisconsin’s Rumpel

Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Championship - Semifinals

San Jose made a significant move to bolster its goaltending on Thursday, agreeing to a one-year deal with University of Wisconsin senior Joel Rumpel.

Rumpel, 24, is coming off a decorated career with the Badgers, in which he was named a Hobey Baker and Mike Richter Award finalist during the 2013-14 campaign.

Rumpel will report to AHL Worcester for the remainder of this season, and it’ll be interesting to see where he fits moving forward. As mentioned above, San Jose isn’t especially deep in goal and is facing an offseason in which veteran starter Antti Niemi could leave via free agency.

After Niemi, things get pretty slim. Backup Alex Stalock is locked in for one more year, but there are questions about his ability to carry a potential starter’s load. Former Union College standout Troy Grosenick is currently carrying the load at the American League level, along with undrafted free agent Aaron Dell.

In late February, we passed along a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman in which he suggested the Sharks were looking for “a 25-year-old goalie who can play a few years for them.” It’s unclear if Rumpel can be that guy, but it sure looks like he’s got a good opportunity.

In another move today, the Sharks also signed Cornell defenseman Joakim Ryan to a two-year entry-level deal. Like Rumpel, Ryan will report to Worcester.