Struggling Sens stick with Anderson

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson watches as Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand's goal sails past...

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson watches as Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand's goal sails past him during the third period of their NHL hockey game at TD Bank Garden in Boston, Massachusetts Jan. 31, 2012. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:16 PM ET

The Senators are staying with No. 1.

Craig Anderson will make his 18th straight start in the club’s net Tuesday night as Brian Elliott and the St. Louis Blues take on the Senators at Scotiabank Place.

Anderson, who has started every game since Dec. 31st, was chosen ahead of backup Alex Auld by coach Paul MacLean as the Senators try end a six-game losing streak.

It doesn’t matter who is in the net, Ottawa needs a win.

“We’ve got to get some wins under our belt here,” said winger Chris Neil. “It’s been a tough grind the last six games, but there’s a couple of games in there we deserved a better fate and there’s games we deserved what we got.

“The bottom line is we’ve got to come out and play the way we’re supposed to play. We’ve just got to play a simple game and when we’re moving the puck a lot better than we have been, we’re a pretty good team.”

MacLean won’t make any changes. Winger Bobby Butler will be a healthy scratch for the third straight game which means Binghamton callup Jim O’Brien stays in the lineup.

Winger Milan Michalek will suit up for his 500th game and it’s game No. 999 for defenceman Chris Phillips.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca

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