The Ottawa Senators have announced on Thursday morning that Craig Anderson will take the place of Andrew Hammond as the starter for the evening's preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens. Hammond reportedly suffered a groin injury in the morning skate, but it hasn't been determined how bad the injury is or how long they expect him to be out.
The Senators have called up Matt O'Connor, their NCAA free agent signing from last season, to back-up Anderson, but it looks as though the plan will be an Anderson-Hammond pairing in the net to start the season.
The Washington Capitals, much like the Detroit Red Wings from earlier this morning, are not expecting to have one of their top centres back for opening night or an extended period of time thereafter. Nicklas Backstrom, who underwent off-season hip surgery, will miss the first four games of the regular season and it's said that there is potential for him to miss upwards of October, entirely.
It may be much worse that there is a lot of uncertainty about how long Backstrom is going to be out of the lineup. Four games, I would imagine that a pool team could handle that, but an entire month is something you may not want to waste your first round pick on.
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