The Ottawa Senators currently sit 7Th in the Eastern Conference with 72 points. Exceeding all expectations that were set upon them going into this season, but is all that about to come to an end.
Arguable the Senators most important player, goaltender Craig Anderson is out indefinitely according to the Senators, after a freak incident after Wednesdays game vs the Washington Capitals. According to reports, Anderson was at home preparing a late night meal when he cut his right hand and was rushed to hospital for immediate attention. The good news is that Anderson will be just fine, the bad news is that no other team relies on there number one goaltender like the Senators do.
Jason Spezza and Eric Karlsson have led the way offensively, but there is no way the Senators are in 7Th place without the goaltending Craig Anderson has provided for them. Anderson has been as sharp as a knife in the net. Somebody please get him a person chef!!!
So what are the Senators to do? Back-up goaltender Alex Auld has not played well all season. He will surely get the chance to start on Saturday against the Bruins but if he does not perform well expect young Robin Lehner get a chance to play with the big boys. Lehnere has not had a great season down in Binghton but that cant be put on him as he has a young inexperienced team in front of him. This could be a big chance for Lehner to show that He can be a NHL goaltender.
The Senators could go the trade route but there is not much out there for the Senators to acquire that would help the team. Josh Harding of the Minnesota Wild looks like he is ready to take on a starting role but the asking price is going to be too high for a rebuilding Senators team. Nabokov looks like he is going to resign with the New York Islanders. Dwayne Roloson has struggled in the net for the Lightning all year and at the age of 41 seems to be at the end of his career.
It looks like the the Senators are in a position where there gonna sink or swim with Lehner and Auld. I BELEIVE THEY CAN DO IT!! At least for the short term until Anderson gets back.If not cant Anderson just play with one hand?? I'm sure he will still be better then both Riemer and Gustafson of the Toronto Maple Leafs.