It seems as though the hockey gods decided that things were going a little too smoothly for the Ottawa Senators.
As first discussed here on the site yesterday afternoon, goaltender Craig Anderson will be sidelined indefinitely after a freak off-ice incident on Wednesday night.
Anderson was preparing a meal after Wednesday's win over the Capitals and suffered a serious cut to his right hand. Anderson was treated at the hospital and while he will make a full recovery, the Sens will be without their number one goalie for an extended period of time.
It's difficult to tell just how long Anderson will be out for.
The official timeline given by the organization is "indefinite" with media speculation ranging from 10 days to 8 weeks. For what it's worth, I was told Anderson will likely miss six weeks.
Either way, it's clear this is not a short term injury and that the Sens are going to need another goalie to step up.
While the Sens have not yet made it official, Robin Lehner is expected to be recalled from Binghamton at some point today. While it's possible Murray may look for help via trade, it seems as though it will be Auld and Lehner that have to carry this team through a difficult stretch.
It certainly hasn't been a banner season for Robin Lehner down in Bingo. Granted the defence in front of him has struggled but Lehner's stats are nowhere near where he and the organization hoped they would be. Lehner has an 8-16-1 record with a 3.38 goals against average and a .905 save percentage.
The Sens are on the ice for practice just after 11:00 AM this morning. We'll have a better idea who gets the start on Saturday against the Bruins once the Senators hit the ice at the SensPlex this morning.