Not like earlier years, the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltending scenario regarded higher than most with the NHL commerce deadline quickly approaching in three quick weeks. That was earlier than Feb. 3, although, whentheir starter was compelled out of motion mid-game.
The Toronto Maple Leafs introduced in the course of the first intermission of their 5-Three loss to theFlorida Panthers that No. 1 netminder Frederik Andersen was being evaluated for an injury and was then dominated out with an upper-body injury. Following the sport, head coach Sheldon Keefe advised reporters that he went by concussion protocol and handed, however was held out as a precaution. Andersen does have a historical past of concussions.
On Tuesday, NHL.com’s Dave McCarthy reported that Campbell will start in opposition to the Coyotes however did share a video of Andersen in web blocking pictures from coach Steve Briere.
Andersen’s neck injury prevented him from touring to New York for Toronto’s 5-Three loss to the Rangers. Jack Campbell, who the Leafs simply acquired by way of a commerce with Los Angeles,began each video games of Toronto’s back-to-back onFriday andSaturday.
Keefe stated its robust to supply timeline on Andersen due to nature of the injury. However hes getting by drills and Steve Briere is pushing him and hes responding properly and thats all optimistic.
Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) February 7, 2020
Late within the first interval on Monday,the Panthers’ Frank Vatrano chargedtowardsthe web withLeafs defenseman Jake Muzzin on him. Vatrano was knocked down and collided withthe 2020 All-Star goaltender, takinghim and the web out. Andersen was gradual to rise up however stayed in for the remaining one minute and 36 seconds of the interval. Backup Michael Hutchinson got here in on the start of the second interval.
Toronto wasn’t certain if the injury occurred on that individual play or on earlier performs, as TSN’s Kristen Shilton noticed, he obtained bumped twice within the interval earlier than the Vatrano collision.
Coming into the Leafs’ 53rd recreation of the season, Andersen had amassed a formidable 24-9-6 file in 41 begins with a .910 save share. He made seven saves on eight pictures in opposition to the Panthers earlier than leaving.