Craig Anderson will be looking to make his ninth consecutive start tonight for his new team the Ottawa Senators. He’ll also be looking for his sixth win with his new team. A team that is now at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the Senators have done some housecleaning of their own similar to the Florida Panthers. Since being traded to Ottawa, Anderson is 5-3-0 with a 1.49 GAA, including one shutout and has allowed one goal or less in six of his starts.
We are familiar with Craig as he spent three seasons here in Florida compiling a 27-31-9 record before he signed with the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent in 2009.
Milan Michalec leads Ottawa in goals with 16 and young defenceman Erik Karlsson leads in points with a paltry 35. Michalec is listed as day to day with a foot injury. Jason Spezza has eight points in his last seven games and Ryan Shannon has six in his last seven himself. A team with a lot of youngsters on it’s roster, they are really in the same boat as Florida, playing for jobs, and or auditioning for free agency.
The Panthers meanwhile are coming off a huge win Tuesday night over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. The Panthers snapped their five game losing streak and stopped the Blackhawks eight game winning streak. Tomas Vokoun was absolutely outstanding in that game. Especially in the third period, where it seemed that the hawks were in the Panthers zone for 19 of the 20 minutes. Over the last two periods of that contest the Hawks outshot Florida 29-7, but the Panthers and Vokoun stood tall. Marty Reasoner had the game winning goal.
Hopefully the energy and excitement from that game carries into this one, as a little winning streak of our own would be nice. The Panthers have proven that on many nights they can hang with any team. It just depends on how much they want it and if they can play a full sixty minutes of it.
Florida hasn’t had a back to back victory since mid January and Tomas Vokoun might not get the start tonight either. His record against the Senators is 3-10-0.
Newcomer Sergei Samsonov has three points in three games as he’s showing his skill playing on the first line with Niclas Bergfors and Stephen Weiss. The Panthers are on a seven game homestand which runs through next Satruday. After that there will only be three remaining home games left. Get yourself some tickets and get out to a game. The effort is there. The results are coming. Hopefully so are you.
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