Sens’ Craig Anderson returns from injury against Panthers

Ottawa fans are holding their breath after seeing Craig Anderson stagger off the ice with an injury that Blues broadcasters say look eerily similar to the one that has Brian Elliott benched for the last while.

Craig Anderson will start in net on Thursday night when the Ottawa Senators visit the Florida Panthers.

The Senators announced the move on their Twitter feed Thursday morning.

Anderson suffered a lower-body injury on March 1 in a game against the St. Louis Blues. The 34-year-old appeared to overextend his leg in the crease during the second period.

The Senators (31-29-8) dropped three of their four games since the injury with Andrew Hammond in net.

Ottawa is five points behind the Detroit Red Wings for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Anderson is 27-20-4 with a 2.81 goals-against average and .917 save percentage this season.