Goalie nods: Anderson looks to continue red-hot November

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Just two games on the ledger tonight (Happy Thanksgiving, by the way), so let’s begin in Ottawa.

The Sens will roll with Craig Anderson for the second straight game, after he bested Carey Price in Tuesday’s 4-3 win in Montreal. Anderson stopped 36 of 39 shots faced against the Habs, for a .923 save percentage — pretty much on par with what he’s done for the majority of November.

Amid personal tragedy — his wife, Nicholle, was diagnosed with cancer — Anderson has performed extremely well, going 4-3-1 with a .933 save percentage this month. That includes banner efforts against the Wild (40 saves in an OT loss) and the Flyers (stopping 33 of 35 shots in a win).

All told, Anderson’s save percentage has dipped below .900 in just one of his last eight games.

For the visiting Bruins, no word on a starter yet. Tuukka Rask has played a ton lately — the goalie of record in each of the last six games — but lost his last outing, a 4-2 decision to the Blues.

Elsewhere…

— Carey Price is back in for Montreal, to take on the visiting Hurricanes. Carolina hasn’t announced a starter yet, but all signs point to Cam Ward making his eighth consecutive appearance. Backup Eddie Lack is out with a concussion (Michael Leighton, recalled from AHL Charlotte, is the new No. 2), and Ward has been excellent lately, allowing just five goals over his last five starts — all of which were wins.

 

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