Goaltender Craig Anderson is close to playing for the first time since the Ottawa Senators last hosted the New York Rangers, but there may be no rush the way Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner have performed.
One of those two will be in net Thursday night when the Senators go for their first season sweep of the Rangers in a decade.
Anderson, the league leader with a 1.49 goals-against average, recently returned to practice for the first time since spraining his ankle Feb. 21 in the third period of a 3-2 shootout victory over the visiting Rangers.
"It's hard to tell right now (when I'll be back)," Anderson said after Wednesday's practice. "I want to make sure that I'm comfortable and give the team the best opportunity to win the hockey game. Until I get that rhythm back by practicing a few more times it's hard to say."
What is clear is that the Senators haven't lost much, if anything, with Anderson sidelined. Their league-best 2.06 GAA has lifted them to fifth in the Eastern Conference,...