Familiar look for Senators

Senators goaltender Craig Anderson will make his sixth straight start for the club tonight at...

Senators goaltender Craig Anderson will make his sixth straight start for the club tonight at Atlanta. (OTTAWA SUN file photo)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:12 PM ET

ATLANTA - Craig Anderson will be making his sixth straight start in goal as the Senators will have a rare, familar look when they take on the Thrashers Thursday at Philips Arena.

Not even coach Cory Clouston can recall when the last time he had the same lineup for consecutive games. That will be the case tonight when he sticks with all the players who took a shot at - but lost 1-0 to - the Boston Bruins Tuesday.

"No, I can't remember that," Clouston said after the Senators held a meeting, but no morning skate, at the Philips Arena. "You guys might have to dig (into) the archives."

Clouston said that being unable to practise with the same lineup that worked together the night before - which he could finally do Wednesday - has hurt the club.

"It was nice to have a practice with the roster you had the night before, and the one you're going to play next game with," said Clouston. "It's been like that almost the whole season, where the practice after a game there's usually three or four guys (missing) with what we call maintenance days.

"It's been a tough season just for practices, and sometimes it transfers into games," he said. "When guys weren't physically capable of practising, sometimes you saw the results in games."

Anderson is 3-2 as a Senator. He shut out the Leafs in his debut, and has had three games in which he has allowed just one goal.

He gave up three in the other.

don.brennan@sunmedia.ca


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