Auld gets the call for a second game

Goalie Alex Auld listens to instructions from coach Paul MacLean during Ottawa Senators' training...

Goalie Alex Auld listens to instructions from coach Paul MacLean during Ottawa Senators' training camp at the Bell Sensplex September 17, 2011. (DARREN BROWN/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:33 PM ET

OTTAWA - Alex Auld is going back to back and he hopes to make the most of the opportunity.

As the Senators open a three-game homestand against the Flyers Tuesday at Scotiabank Place, the club’s backup goalie will make his second straight start after Craig Anderson missed Monday’s practice for personal reasons.

Auld, 30, signed as a free agent on July 1, is coming off a 24-save performance in a 2-1 loss to the Capitals Saturday in Washington.

Anderson should be back in time to dress as the backup against the Flyers, but he won’t be pushed into action.

“It’s nice for a goalie to get in against a good team,” said Auld. “You know you’re going to see a lot of action. I’m really looking forward to getting to play two games in a row. I haven’t really experienced that too much in the last year or so. It’s definitely nice to feel a bit of a rhythm. I felt good (Saturday) and the guys played a great game. We want to make sure we’re bringing that same effort and make sure it’s for 60 minutes against a tough opponent.”

Auld only saw action in 16 games in 2010-11 playing behind Carey Price in Montreal. He had 10 starts, one appearance in back-to-back games and the rest were relief efforts as Price had an outstanding season.

For a guy that didn’t get to play much and spent a lot of time working with goalie coach Pierre Groulx, Auld had impressive numbers — with a 6-2-2 record and 2.64 GAA.

He made the most of his chances. Auld knows his role, accepts it and isn’t the type who is going to rock the boat.

While playing so rarely in Montreal, he has good memories.

“It was made easier by a couple of things: Getting to watch a guy you’re good friends with. You understand the decision, I guess, because he was playing so well,” said Auld. “And having a goalie coach you get along with was another big thing. (Groulx) made our work daily fun and productive. If you’re going to work in an environment you enjoy, it’s that much easier.”

Auld should have confidence heading into Tuesday’s game: He has a 4-1-0 lifetime record vs. Philly with a 2.78 GAA and a .900 save-percentage. He’s also going to get the chance to play at home for the first time since he left the Senators in 2009.

“Anytime you get to play at home it’s nice,” said Auld. “It is a little different because I’ve had that experience here.”

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