Condon will spell Anderson for a game in Alberta — but which one is the big question
CALGARY — Will it be Craig Anderson or Mike Condon on Friday night against the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome?
Given the fact Anderson posted a 37-save shutout in a 2-0 win last season on Oct. 30 only days after learning his wife Nicholle had been diagnosed with a rare form of throat cancer, it might make sense for the club's top goalie start against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night against at Rogers Place Arena.
Not so fast with that theory, though, because the only certainty is Condon will start one of the club's next two games, nobody's sure which one it will be yet.
As the Senators left the ice Thursday following a late afternoon skate across the street from the main rink at the Calgary Corral, coach Guy Boucher told reporters he hasn't decided whether he'll go with Anderson or Condon against the Flames.
Yes, Boucher has fond memories of Anderson's performance in Edmonton last fall, but that's in the past and the decision will be based on what's best right now. How much of a factor will Anderson's performance last year weigh into all of this?
“It's something in your mind but it's totally different circumstances because last year wasn't a back-to-back,” Boucher said on Thursday night. “We know Calgary is coming back from a road trip. I have to look at the big picture.
“Yeah, if it was an isolated game, I think it'd be a no-brainer but with these circumstances of back-toback, we have to revisit and see what we need to do.”
It certainly sounded like Boucher was leaning towards Anderson on Friday, but we'll see.
Boucher said he had to sit down with goalie coach Pierre Groulx along with the club's staff to make a decision on what's best for the team.
“I'd give you answer if I had the answer because I don't know what's going to be the deciding factor. That's what we have to sit down and look over with staff and with Pierre Groulx and see where he thinks the goalies are at and who would fit more.”
Acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a fifth-round pick on Nov. 2, 2016, Condon was brought in after Nicholle's diagnosis because the Senators knew Anderson would need a leave Senators goalies Craig Anderson (left) and Mike Condon will split starts against the Flames tonight and Oilers on Saturday. of absence and it's the best deal general manager Pierre Dorion has made since taking on the role in April, 2016.
While Anderson took time away to be with Nicholle when she underwent treatment at a New York-based facility, Condon started a franchise-record 27 straight games. He held the fort until Anderson returned in early February and Condon's stellar play was a big role in the club's trip to the post-season.
This year, Condon's role is going to be different, he knows it and that part has been adjustment.
“I try not to think about what I can't control, whether