Sens tab Anderson in net

The Sens will start goalie Craig Anderson against the Sabres tonight in Buffalo. (Darren Brown/QMI...

The Sens will start goalie Craig Anderson against the Sabres tonight in Buffalo. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:44 PM ET

BUFFALO - Craig Anderson is staying in the net for the Senators.

Coach Paul MacLean has decided to keep backup Alex Auld on the bench and Anderson will make the start as the Senators open a five-game road trip Friday night against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center.

MacLean also confirmed captain Daniel Alfredsson is back after post-concussion syndrome, but winger Chris Neil will be out suffering from a high ankle sprain. There is no timetable for Neil, but getting Alfredsson back is good news.

“It gives us a one-two punch,” said MacLean. “He’s a legitimate NHL player that can score in the league and I think the other team can’t just decide who they want to play against Jason Spezza.”

The Sabres, to no one’s surprise, are starting Jhonas Enroth against the Senators. He had 25 saves in a 3-2 shootout victory over Ottawa Saturday at Scotiabank Place.

“I wouldn’t say it’s easier (because he played Ottawa Saturday) but I would say there’s a little bit more confidence,” said Enroth. “Ottawa is a good team, but they haven’t been playing that well lately.”

Enroth said having Alfredsson back makes it a different challgenge.

“He’s their captain and he’s good player. If he’s a playing, it’s a huge plus for them,” said Enroth.


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