NEW YORK -- Goaltender Craig Anderson will return to the lineup for the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night after missing three games with a lower-body injury.
Anderson said he felt good after practice Wednesday and coach Cory Clouston confirmed his goaltender would be back to face the New York Rangers on Thursday.
Since arriving in a trade on Feb. 18 that sent goaltender Brian Elliott to the Colorado Avalanche, Anderson has been splendid. Anderson is 6-4-0 with a 2.11 goals-against average and .938 save percentage with the Senators.
The Senators rewarded Anderson with a four-year contract extension Monday.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday