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.
I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.
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