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Over/Under: Craig Anderson


Ottawa’s #1 goalie, at least for the time being, is still Craig Anderson. He withstood challenges from Ben Bishop last season and will continue to be pressed by Robin Lehner this coming campaign.

The shortened 2013 season was setting up to be a career year and possible Vezina Trophy winning performance for Anderson, and his 1.69 GAA and .941 SP were better than any goalie in the league who played more than 4 games last season.

Apr 12, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) makes a save during the third period at the Prudential Center. The Senators defeated the Devils 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

This was all behind a team who was injury-ravaged up front and had to play a tight defensive game to get points because the offense suffered. Anderson suffered an injury of his own, which is what cost him the Vezina Trophy.

So there are a number of questions heading into the season. Were last season’s numbers a result of playing behind a team desperate to keep the puck out because 2 goals against on any given night might result in a loss, or is it a factor of Anderson finding his groove in a Senators uniform?

Will he get less support from the team in front of him now that they have Spezza, Karlsson and now Ryan for (hopefully) a full season and can focus more offensively and play a little more run and gun?

While such staggering numbers might not be expected, if Anderson can put up top 10-type numbers in his stats the Senators will be a lock for the playoffs.

So, over/under time!

First, dealing with the GAA:

and Save Percentage: