Goaltender Craig Anderson starred for the Ottawa Senators last season. He posted a 1.69 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage in 24 games.
But his season has been a nightmare. He has lost seven of his last eight starts. His ratios (3.31, .900) rank among the worst in the league. He finds himself in a rotation with young Robin Lehner.
Anderson is trying to cope.
“It's not like football where you go over video and wait seven days to get your next opportunity," Anderson told the Ottawa Sun. “You get a chance to get back on that horse and get riding again.
“The same rule applies: I'm not really sure what I did (Thursday). You've got to move forward, look forward and continue to find ways to get better. That's what we do. We show up here, we work hard and we find ways to win hockey games. We need to find ways to do that.”
If the Senators keep losing, the team coach face an overhaul. GM Bryan Murray has only so much patience.
“There are two things guaranteed in hockey, or in any sport for that matter, changes and injuries," said Anderson told the Sun. “There's no way around it.”