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Senators' Anderson skates, no date for return

Wednesday, 11.06.2013 / 5:15 PM / News

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Senators' Anderson skates, no date for return
Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson skated Wednesday but said there's no timetable for him to return the lineup.

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson skated Wednesday but said there's no timetable for him to return the lineup.

Anderson sustained a neck injury when he collided with Dallas Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin during overtime of a game Nov. 3. Anderson had to be removed from the ice on a stretcher but said it was more for precautionary reasons and he never lost consciousness.

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"The helmet did a great job, it did what it was supposed to do," Anderson told reporters in Ottawa. "It was all neck and back from pushing my head back in the collision. … It's one of those things where it was just precautionary, they had some pain in areas the training staff and the doctor didn't like and they just wanted to be extra sure there on the ice that nothing serious happened by mishandling everything."

Anderson said it felt good to get on the ice but said when he'll do so in a game remains to be seen.

"Skating today helped," he said. "It gave me an idea of where I'm at. Like I said, I'm pretty sore as expected and it's just a matter of things calming down. Like any injury you've just got to let things calm down to make sure that you're 100 percent and helping the team, not hurting them."

Robin Lehner replaced Anderson against the Stars and started Nov. 5 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, a 4-1 win. The Senators recalled Nathan Lawson from Binghamton of the American Hockey League to serve as Lehner's backup.

The Senators next play Thursday when they host the Montreal Canadiens to start a five-game homestand.

Anderson is 4-4-2 with a 3.14 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 11 games.

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