A focal point of discussions this season has surrounded the impressive depth of this team. No position may be deeper, however, than goaltender.
Craig Anderson has put up Vezina calibre numbers from the outset of the season. Ben Bishop is one of the most talented back-ups in the league. Robin Lehner is one of the top goaltending prospects in hockey, if not the most highly rated.
With Anderson now out for the immediate future with an ankle injury, the Sens will be forced to rely on his other talented battery mates. Here is what Bishop had to say on taking over the job for the time being.
"I was lucky enough to have the same type of experience last year. Andy went down and I got to play seven games in a row, so I'm looking forward to the opportunity again. It's nice to have the experience this time."
On the team picking up the slack:
"When one guy has gone down another guy has stepped up. I don't think that's going to stop."
On playing division rivals:
"I got to play Toronto and Montreal last year and both of those are big rivals, last year we played Toronto here. It was a lot of fun. They're big games. You don't look too much into the rivalry you just look at it as another game that obviously have a lot more excitement in the crowd."
On replacing Craig Anderson:
"You just have to go out there and play your game. Obviously you watch Craig and pick up some things. He's the best goalie in the league right now so you try to watch and pick up some things from him. You don't try to be like him at all, you have to do your own thing and just go and play."
On what has changed from his first start of the season:
"The Tampa game they were scoring on screened shots, rebounds and empty netters, you can't do much about that. I don't think it was a bad start at all. I'm just happy to keep playing the way I've been playing."