Senators goaltender Craig Anderson completed a solid pre-season campaign, recording a 2-1 record between the pipes and posting a 1.91 goals-against average alongside a .922 save percentage. Coming off a year that was tough on Senators goaltending and defenders, Anderson spoke about the team's effort throughout training camp and what has been a productive pre-season.
"I think this year was a good camp. We had a better schedule than we did last year. We were able to get on the road right off the bat with a bunch of guys and come together in St. John's and I think at the end we were able to get a couple of games in with our team," said Anderson. "Last year we were having a split squad game three days before camp ended. That threw a wrench in our gameplan last year."
"This year things have gone the way we've wanted them to, we've had a lot of systems practices, gone over things that were our Achilles heel last year and we're moving forward with it. What it comes down to is we've got to be better than the guy across from us when we line up Thursday night."
With that systems work in place, Anderson thinks there is progress being made in the team's focus areas heading into the season — primarily on the defensive side of the game.
"There's going to be mistakes from time to time throughout the game and my job is there to help cover it up. We obviously need some help from the other guys around," said Anderson. "I believe headed in the right direction, we're moving on the right track. Our guys are really working hard at being a better defensive unit and playing together."
The Sens open their season on Thursday night in Nashville against the Predators. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. (ET).