|Craig Anderson will get his seventh straight start for the Senators tonight against the Rangers. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)
OTTAWA - Craig Anderson is going to get a chance to keep on rolling.
The Senators goaltender, who has a 4-2 record, 1.16 GAA and a .966 save-percentage since arriving in Ottawa from Colorado, will make his seventh straight start in the net Friday against the New York Rangers.
The Rangers are fighting to keep their playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after losing their last three games. They currently sit eighth, ahead of the Buffalo Sabres by two points and the Toronto Maple Leafs by three.
Coach Cory Clouston can be accused of making a lot of bad decisions, but he’s smart enough to know he should stick with Anderson, who was acquired Feb. 18 for Brian Elliott.
“He’s playing well. He played 70-plus games last year. He’s feeling good and healthy. It’s an easy decision,” said Clouston Friday morning.
Anderson, who said his new mask is in the mail and he expects to have it on the weekend, made 42 stops in a 3-1 win over Atlanta Thursday night.
“For me it’s just one game at a time and giving the team a chance to win every night and let the W’s take care of themselves,” said Anderson. “I’ve been seeing the puck pretty good lately. I just want to keep making the saves you’re supposed to make and make sure that you give the team a chance to win.”
Anderson said he’s not trying to stick it to Colorado for giving up on him.
“Not at all. I’m playing for the Ottawa Senators right now. I’ve come a long way in my career. I just want to continue to get better,” said Anderson.
The Senators won’t be making any lineup changes against the Rangers. Game time is 7:30 p.m., and the game is on TSN.