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Player Spotlight: Craig Anderson

Friday, 08.17.2012 / 1:06 PM ET / Features
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Player Spotlight: Craig Anderson

(Editor's note: As the 2012-13 season draws closer, ottawasenators.com will take a daily snapshot look at some of the returning players from last year, with both a look back and a look ahead).

CRAIG ANDERSON

2011-12 stats: 63 GP, 33-22-6 W-L-OTL, 2.84 GAA, .914 SV%, 3 SO

Last season: Anderson established himself as a bona fide NHL starter — and the Senators' clear No. 1 stopper — with a solid season that carried over into the opening round of the playoffs against the New York Rangers, when he proved to be more than a match for Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist. Until suffering a hand injury in late February, the native of Park Ridge, Ill., was on pace to record his highest career season total in games played and, at that point, was the busiest goaltender in the NHL in terms of shots faced and saves made. He notched his 100th career victory on Oct. 20 (vs. Winnipeg, 4-1) and, with 44 wins as a Senator, ranks seventh all-time among franchise goaltenders.

The highlight: On one of the NHL's most glittery stages, Anderson turned aside 41 shots in blanking the Rangers 2-0 at Madison Square Garden in New York — billed as "the world's most famous arena" — in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final. Senators head coach Paul MacLean called it Anderson's best performance of the season.

Looking forward: No question Anderson's play will be a huge key in the Senators' bid to return to the Stanley Cup playoffs for a second straight season. His strength in the area of on-ice communication should prove valuable as Ottawa works in some new faces on its blue line, which underwent a facelift over the summer months. Anderson enters 2012-13 six games shy of 300 for his NHL career, a milestone he should reach in fairly short order.

Quote: "There's something to be said about going into the other team's building and upsetting the home fans. You thrive on pressure, you thrive on someone telling you that you can't win. When the other team's fans tell you that you can't win, it's one of those 'I'm going to show you and beat you in your own building.' That's a hockey player's mentality, that's how it works. We're all pretty competitive guys."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
2 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
3 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
4 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
5 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
6 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
7 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
8 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 73 19 40 10 59
B. Ryan 69 18 35 9 53
K. Turris 73 21 31 0 52
M. Stone 71 18 33 15 51
M. Hoffman 70 26 20 20 46
M. Zibanejad 71 19 24 3 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
A. Chiasson 67 11 15 -4 26
D. Legwand 71 9 17 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 7 .925 2.44