Craig Anderson has rejoined the team and is targeting Feb. 7 (return from road trip) for his first game back. Condon will tie a Senators record with his 25th straight appearance tonight, and likely set a new one on Thursday in Tampa.
Sens sit 7 back of Montreal for the Atlantic lead, holding 3 games in hand. Montreal should be getting Markov and Desharnais back but Galchenyuk re-injured his knee. Their pre-deadline pickup (Nesterov) is not expected to make a huge impact (not like Wingels and his goal-per-game pace wearing the Centurion). Both teams are looking to make more changes.
While 2nd in the Division is a great place to be, the Sens are still only 3 points up on the 9th place team. Now's the time to pick up more points against the lower-seeded teams so that when the roster goes up to 23 they can afford a little rest to the team's top players. 35 games in 69 nights is going to be a brutal stretch.
Borowiecki should be well over the bout with the flu that kept him out of the last 5 games. But even if he is ready to return, how does Boucher take out "Ready" Freddy Claesson, who has played very well in Borocop's absence? Up-front, Wingles will remain in the lineup so either Neil is scratched a second time or Lazar finally gets the "rest" he deserves. My guess is that Boucher has already told Neil that he will get a number of games in a row, so Lazar is likely to continue to play, but his leash must be getting really short. #27 has played 27 games with just one assist to show for it.