Sens prep for train trip to Montreal
DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency
|Ben Bishop will likely get another start in net for the Sens on Wednesday in Montreal. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)
OTTAWA - The Senators will climb aboard the train Tuesday bound for Montreal, where, presumably, they'll continue to ride the Ben Bishop train.
Unless coach Paul MacLean goes the totally unexpected route and starts Alex Auld, Ottawa will have Bishop in goal for the fourth game in a row when it faces the Habs Wednesday at Bell Centre. Bishop is 2-0-1 with a 2.27 goals against average and .926 save percentage since being recalled from Binghamton.
Robin Lehner, who also performed well when summoned from the farm team, is likely to get another shot soon.
"We'll evaluate it day by day, but obviously Ben has played real good," said coach Paul MacLean. "Robin played fine while he was here, too."
Asked if the door was still open for Lehner's return, MacLean said: "Oh yes. That's still open for sure."
As far as Craig Anderson's return from a hand injury, there is still no timetable.
Anderson was on the ice again before the team practised Monday, this time in complete gear. He faced pucks off the sticks of assistant coaches Rick Wamsley and Luke Richardson.
"He took some shots today, which was again progress," said MacLean. "So we're going to keep going every day, I guess, to see if he gets better and better.
"He's just trying to get into it and get comfortable with his glove and his stick, making sure there's a comfortable level before he starts to really get into it."
The Senators are 1-2-0 against the Habs thus far this season, with their only win coming in a shootout, Jan. 14 at the Bell Centre. They've lost to the Habs by scores of 2-1 and 6-2 in Ottawa.