Toronto Maple Leafs Goalie Frederik Andersen Does Not Travel With Team

Frederik Andersen
WASHINGTON, DC - April 15: Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen (31) takes a drink during a break in the second overtime against the Washington Capitals on April 15, 2017, at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. in Round 1 of the NHL Playoffs. The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-3 in the second overtime. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen did not travel with the team and will miss tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres due to an upper-body injury. Backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney is expected to get the start. The exact timeline for Andersen’s injury has not yet been announced.

Frederik Andersen Out With an Upper-Body Injury

Andersen left Wednesday nights game against the Dallas Stars after the first commercial break of the second period. Head coach Mike Babcock said the injury occurred when Stars forward Alexander Radulov ran into Andersen in the first period.

Toronto has leaned heavily on Andersen this season. The netminder from Herning, Denmark has started 59 games for Toronto sporting a 33-18-5 record, with a 2.79 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. The Maple Leafs acquired Andersen from the Anaheim Ducks on June 20th, 2016. This is Andersen’s second year in Toronto. He played 66 games last year, finishing with a 33-16-14 record.

What This Means

Curtis McElhinney will start the majority, if not all, of the of Toronto’s games in Andersen’s absence. McElhinney has only played in back-to-back situations or in relief of Andersen this season so his workload is about to substantially increase. In just 14 appearances this season McElhinney has a 8-4-1 record with a 2.27 goals against average and a .929 save percentage.

To backup McElhinney, the Maple Leafs have recalled goaltender Garret Sparks from the Toronto Marlies on an emergency basis. In 34 starts for the Marlies, Sparks is 23-8-1 with a 1.84 goals against average and a .934 save percentage.



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