Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe confirmed the injury status in his post-game press conference after Toronto’s 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames tonight. Frederik Andersen did not dress for the game.
Frederik Andersen is day-to-day. Keefe: "I don't know what's going to happen from here."
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) February 23, 2021
Frederik Andersen Out Day-to-Day
Andersen sustained his lower-body injury in Toronto’s 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. Although Andersen did not leave the game. David Alter, from The Hockey News, noted that Justin Holl collided with the back of Andersen’s leg while attempting to back-check Josh Anderson in the first period. It is possible that this incident has led to his absence.
Meanwhile, the Leafs’ backup goaltender Jack Campbell is also out. Toronto placed him on IR at the end of January following a leg injury he sustained from a goalmouth pile-up against the Calgary Flames. When asked about his status during the presser, Keefe said, “there’s no set time on it, but we’re trending towards him returning here, I would say, within the next week…” The Maple Leafs play three games over the next week. They have another home game against Calgary on Wednesday, February 24th and then travel to Edmonton for a two-game series against the Oilers.
In light of Frederik Andersen's injury, this was the latest word on Jack Campbell from Sheldon Keefe: “I think there’s no set time on it, but we’re trending towards him returning here, I would say, within the next week…”
— Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) February 23, 2021
What This Means Going Forward
Michael Hutchinson is the next man up for the Maple Leafs. He has stopped 64 of 70 shots in his two starts this season. Over the course of the 2019-20 season, Hutchinson played 15 games, recording a .886 save percentage and a 3.66 goals-against average. He will be backed up by Joseph Woll who has yet to play in an NHL game. Woll was the Maple Leafs’ third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Andersen, who has not been without his critics in Toronto, has performed well this season. He has an 11-3-2 record in his 16 starts and a .905 save percentage. In addition, Andersen ranks eleventh (0.242 percent) out of 39 goaltenders in save percentage above expected this season. He sits between Kevin Lankinen (0.28 percent) and Tuukka Rask (0.032 percent) in this metric.