Craig Anderson is learning how to defend himself.

The way the Senators are playing in front of him, he has to.

"You need the guys around you for support," said Anderson, who will start in goal against the reborn Winnipeg Jets Thursday at Scotiabank Place. "Just like a goal scorer. He needs support from his wingers and guys around him to help him score. Same thing with goaltenders. You're only as good as the guys in front of you."

Which has not been very good at all this season.

Two weeks into the NHL schedule, the Senators have surrendered 30 goals, more than any other team in the league. This is not a huge surprise. Most nights, half of their blue-line group is 21 years of age or younger. They've made the expected mistakes.