Senators stand pat in net

Craig Anderson will make his sixth straight start for the Sens on Tuesday. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)

Craig Anderson will make his sixth straight start for the Sens on Tuesday. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:01 PM ET

PITTSBURGH - The Senators are going to stick with a hot hand in net tonight, meaning Craig Anderson will get the start against the Penguins.

The Senators goaltender will make his sixth straight start at the Consol Energy Center as Ottawa opens a three-game road trip.

Anderson, the NHL's third star of the week, with a 3-0-1 record last week, made 33 stops in a 6-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday.

While it's the same goaltender, Anderson will be sporting a new look. He will wear a replacement mask for the one that broke on a Jason Garrison shot against Florida on Dec. 22. It is similar to the designs he's had in the past.

On the ice, the Senators are expecting a good test.

"We've just got to worry about what we can control. We are playing some good hockey right now and we feel good about the way we are playing," said Anderson.

Coach Paul MacLean will make one lineup change -- Matt Carkner will be a healthy scratch in favour of Brian Lee. The Senators are only carrying one extra player on the big-league roster.

While the Penguins are banged up, they will have James Neal and Craig Adams in the lineup. Neal was supposed to be out 4-to-6 weeks after taking a shot off the foot Saturday in New Jersey. The foot is broken, but it's a pre-existing condition and he says he can play through it.

"I'm good to go," said Neal. "We did an MRI (Monday) and it showed that it can't get any worse. I feel good and I will be good to go."

Goalie Brent Johnson was the first one off the ice for the Pens at practice today. He will make the start ahead of Marc-Andre Fleury as the Penguins try to snap a four-game losing skid.

Game time is 7 p.m.


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