Sens tight-lipped on Anderson injury

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson in action against the New York Rangers during the second...

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson in action against the New York Rangers during the second period at Scotiabank Place. March 4,2011. (ERROL MCGIHON/QMI AGENCY)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:08 PM ET

Senators goalie Craig Anderson suffered an undisclosed injury in Tuesday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Whether it will keep him from playing in the immediate future is uncertain.

“We hope it’s not that severe,” coach Cory Clouston said after Wednesday’s practice. “I don’t think it is.”

Asked if it’s something that would prevent Anderson from dressing for Thursday’s home game against the red-hot New Jersey Devils, Clouston said: “We hope not. We’ll see tomorrow.”

The Senators may go with Curtis McElhinney against the Devils either way. Anderson was peppered with 41 Penguins shots and has clearly not been as sharp in his last two outings. His previously outrageous save percentage has taken a severe hit and now sits at .909, as he has surrendered nine goals over the last 58 shots he has faced.

This, after Anderson was beaten just 13 times in his first nine games as a Senator.

“I don’t think he’s been as good ... I don’t think we’ve been as good either,” said Clouston. “It kind of goes hand in hand. That’s the thing about a team sport. It’s pretty easy to isolate one area, but when we play better it’s no coincidence that he thrives off that.”

Zack Smith also missed Wednesday’s practice with a flu he’s been fighting.

The Senators shipped defenceman Andre Benoit and forward Jim O’Brien to Binghamton Wednesday morning so they could play for the farm team later than night. They’ll decide on which two players to recall for the Devils game late Wednesday.

don.brennan@sunmedia.ca


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