No and that's ok. Craig Anderson's 2012-13 season was historic; he finished the year with a record-setting .941 save percentage besting the mark established by former Senators goalie Brian Elliott the previous season (.940 SV%). If not for an unfortunate ankle sprain which kept Anderson out of 18 games during the regular season he would have been Ottawa's first Vezina winner. But it won't last. Anderson's career save percentage is the more average .915. He's proven he can play at a high level in smaller sample sizes (.941 SV% in 24 games last season; .939 SV% during his 18-game tryout with Ottawa in 2010-11). But in his only two seasons playing full-time minutes Andy's numbers are more in line with league averages (.917 in 71 games for the Colorado Avalanche in 2009-2010 and .914 in 63 games for the Senators in 2011-2012). Anderson wasn't the only Senator felled by injury last season. Injuries to key offensive players like Jason Spezza (50 games back) Milan Michalek (25 games knee) and Erik Karlsson (31 games ankle) meant defense play had to carry the load for the Senators. However the blueline was just as beat up; in addition to Karlsson the Senators missed the defensive presence of sophomore Jared Cowen (41 games hip). Consequently the Sens blueline featured rookies Patrick Wiercioch and Eric Gryba as well as AHL veteran Andre Benoit in addition to aging blueliners Sergei Gonchar and Chris Phillips. Because of these factors Ottawa made the playoffs on the strength of their goaltending.
Will Senators goalie Craig Anderson Continue to Dominate?
Silver Seven | Sep 29