Craig Anderson is slowly turning things around and Hawks captain Jonathan Toews gets leveled. Check it out in our morning recap.
Essential Water Cooler:
Let’s face it, we have not seen the best of Senators goaltender Craig Anderson through the first half of the season. The Park Ridge, Ill., native has a 12-9-4 record with a .904 save percentage and 3.17 goals-against average. Compare that to his previous three seasons, where he averaged a .931 SP and 2.19 GAA, and he knows things could be better. But Anderson hasn’t received much help in front of him and that could be attributed to a young team failing to exceed the unrealistic expectations they met last season. The reality is, however, the Senators hopes of a playoff spot live and die with their goaltending. If Anderson’s last three games are any indication, he seems to be turning things around. The 6-foot-4, 184-pound goaltender has won his past three starts, including a 34-save performance in the Senators 3-1 victory over the Capitals last night. Sens nation surely hopes this will continue.
Kyle Turris could have been dragged down by a hook, instead he decided to finish. In a play that started all the way in the Senators end, the third overall pick in the 2007 draft pulled off a fantastic deke on Philipp Grubauer. Nasty goal.
Men of the Night:
Antti Raanta, Chicago: He was perfect as his Blackhawks shutout the Kings 1-0 at home. Raanta turned aside 26 Los Angeles attempts and has now compiled a 10-1-3 record in his first NHL season as Corey Crawford nears his return. Where does the depth end in Chicago?
Colin Wilson, Nashville: The big center was dominant all game in the Predators 6-4 victory over Detroit. Wilson scored twice and added an assist and has totaled five points in his past three games.
Michael Raffl, Philadelphia: The undrafted Austrian has proven to be a nice find for the Flyers. Raffl picked up two assists in Philly’s 4-3 come-from-behind victory against the Canucks.
Better Luck Next Time:
More often than not, Jonathan Toews is the one saying “better luck next time” to opposing goaltenders. This time, however, Jake Muzzin caught the Hawks captain in a position he’s rarely found in. The Kings blueliner absolutely crushed Toews with a clean shoulder to the chest that sent the Winnipeg native airborne.