First, it was Chris Driedger who was asked to make his way to Calgary after it was announced Craig Anderson would be in need of some time off for a personal matter. Then, a few days later, Andrew Hammond injures himself while attempting to make a save in the first period against the Flames and Matt O’Connor is on the first flight to Edmonton.
The #Sens have recalled goaltender Matt O'Connor from @SenatorsAHL. He is expected to join the team later today in Edmonton.— Sens communications (@Media_Sens) October 29, 2016
Just when the Senators goaltending situation looked to be turning around - both goalies hadn’t posted a save percentage above .900 until Anderson’s shutout against the Canucks - everything goes horribly wrong.
The saving grace may be the fact that Driedger and O’Connor have been fairing quite well in the AHL up until now. While Driedger is sporting a 0.96 GAA and a .961 SV%, O’Connor has a 2.35 GAA and a .919 SV%.
It would be unfair to Driedger if assumptions were made after his performance against the Flames. Travelling across the continent only to find out you’ll be put into a game halfway through with no warm-up is a tough situation.
Right now, as Anderson is out on personal leave and Hammond has a lower-body injury, it’s completely up in the air how long they’ll be out for.
The Senators’ next test is against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.