Skip to content

Goalies Anderson, Smith appear close to return

Apr 5, 2013, 9:54 AM EDT

craigandersongetty Getty Images

Is it too late for Craig Anderson to work his way back into the discussion for the Vezina Trophy?

For the first two months of the season, Anderson was unreal, posting a 1.49 GAA and .952 save percentage in 15 starts. He’s been out for roughly a month and a half with a sprained ankle, but might get the start tonight against Buffalo.

“If they need me to play, there really (are) no limitations right now for why I couldn’t,” the 31-year-old goaltender told the Ottawa Sun.

Ottawa felt good enough about Anderson and 21-year-old netminder Robin Lehner to warrant trading Ben Bishop to Tampa Bay for rookie-of-the-year candidate Cory Conacher and a fourth-round pick.

Meanwhile, Anderson isn’t the only goaltender that might make his return this week.

Mike Smith (upper body) is a possibility for Phoenix’s contest on Saturday, according to the Coyotes’ Dave Vest.

Smith has missed about two weeks since he was run over by Vancouver defenseman Alex Edler, as you can see in the video below:

  1. sprtsfan1 - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    I guess Smith finally got what he deserved from when he flopped all over the ice after Andrew Shaw “ran him over” and got suspended in the playoffs last. Karma sucks!

  2. natswizskincap - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Who cares, its the highlight of his hockey day considering the current postion his team is in and when it comes down to it, who has the time to take note of who is posting on what articles? I post here and there and could only imagine how unproductive I’d be if I was here long enough to take those kind of notes.

  3. natswizskincap - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Glitchy puter!

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. S. Crosby (2603)
  2. E. Malkin (2452)
  3. R. Johansen (2356)
  4. J. Drouin (2080)
  5. P. Datsyuk (2058)
  1. G. Nyquist (1991)
  2. C. Giroux (1987)
  3. F. Forsberg (1976)
  4. J. Harding (1900)
  5. D. Stepan (1837)