Anderson returns to net to face Oilers

New York Islanders' PA Parenteau collides with Ottawa Senators' goalie Craig Anderson after being...

New York Islanders' PA Parenteau collides with Ottawa Senators' goalie Craig Anderson after being hit by Nick Foligno during the third period of their NHL hockey game in Ottawa Feb. 3, 2012. (REUTERS/Blair Gable)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:20 PM ET

Craig Anderson’s short rest is over.

The Senators goaltender will be back in the net Saturday for Hockey Day in Canada against the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Place.

While Alex Auld made 24 stops in a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators to end a seven-game losing skid Thursday at home, Anderson is returning to the goal.

“Sometimes it’s good to sit on the sidelines, watch a game and see how it is from the bench and just learn,” said Anderson, who had made 18 straight starts and was pulled after allowing two goals on four shots Tuesday.

“You get to see how things are going from a different perspective. I had a couple of unlucky bounces in that last game. Overall, you just try to take it game-by-game. You don’t realize how tired mentally or physically you are. Sometimes sitting out is the best thing.”

Coach Paul MacLean said following a 45-minute skate Friday he won’t make any other changes. That means centre Zenon Konopka and defenceman Matt Carkner will be healthy scratches.

Twitter: @SunGarrioch


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