Another reason the Senators have to be disappointed in their season - they are blowing an opportunity presented by fate.

Heading into Tuesday, they had lost just 48 man-games to injury, by far the fewest in the league. Next luckiest was the Los Angeles Kings, who had lost 91.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Pittsburgh Penguins had lost a league-leading 413 man-games to injury.

Last season the Senators were among the NHL leaders in man-games lost to injury, and they made the playoffs.

Go figure.

Making another annual appearance on the Senators IR is Craig Anderson, who is nursing some type of upper body issue at a time when the team desperately needs him playing. Speaking for the first time since leaving the Nashville game a week ago Monday, Ottawa's No. 1 goalie said it was a "combination" of a Shea Weber first period slap shot and being bumped by teammate Milan Michalek that put him on the shelf this time.

"Getting hit in the left shoulder made a lot of things tense and tight, and then getting hit again kind of compounded everything," said Anderson. "Everything seems to be pretty good from the Weber shot. The bruising has kind of gone away. But just from the collision with Milo there, I haven't really bounced back the way I wanted to.

"The (previous) game I got caught on the right collarbone. That could also play into effect of tightening muscles that shouldn't be tight. It's a combination where you can deal with two but maybe not three things happening. It's kind of like the perfect storm. It all kind of came at once. My body just isn't responding the way it normally does."