March 19, 2012
Bishop to stay in net Tuesday vs. Devils
By Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency
Ben Bishop will stay in the net for the Senators for a few more days.
Though Craig Anderson took part in all of practice Monday at Scotiabank Place, he won’t be ready to play until Friday against the Montreal Canadiens which means Bishop will make seventh straight start Tuesday against the Devils.
Coach Paul MacLean said Anderson isn’t ready.
“We’re going to see how he does,” said MacLean. “He’s getting better. He was on the ice for the full practice. It’s four weeks on Thursday which is a date the surgeon thought it was important to get to. We’ll take it day-by-day and we’ll see how it goes.”
Coming off a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday, the Senators spent a lot of time on battle drills because the Devils are an in-your-face team. But, the area of biggest concern is the powerplay. They spent some time working on it because it was 0-for-12 on the weekend.
“The last few games it hasn’t been very good,” said blueliner Erik Karlsson. “It’s something that’s going to happen over the course of the year. We’ve got to get out of it as soon as possible but we’re still confident with the powerplay and the people we have playing.”
Centre Jason Spezza wasn’t on the ice. He was in Toronto attending skier Nic Zoricic’s funeral while defenceman Matt Gilroy was at a cousin’s wake in Long Island. Both are expected to play against the Devils.