On Monday, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that star goaltender Frederik Andersen was considered day-to-day with a knee injury. While offense hasn’t been an issue in Toronto since the start of the season, the Leafs have allowed lots of goals and their blue line keeps being questioned as the Canadian team is expected to be a strong contender this spring.
Garret Sparks was the starter for Monday night’s game against the visiting Los Angeles Kings, as Eamon McAdam was recalled from the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers on emergency basis to back up Sparks.
As for Andersen, head coach Mike Babcock has said on Tuesday that he is still set to be in between the pipes on Thursday when the Leafs face the Pittsburgh Penguins.
However, something else the head coach has revealed has angered Leafs fans… According to Hockey Buzz reporter Michael Augello, Babcock was aware of Andersen’s injury though he still practiced on Monday.
“Babcock said that they knew about Andersen’s knee issue prior to Monday’s morning skate and it was not something that occurred on the ice,” revealed Augello on social media.
Andersen played well in Toronto’s 4-2 win against the Washington Capitals on Saturday. However, he hasn’t had the best start despite Toronto having the best start in the entire league. Andersen has a 4-1 record, but sports a mediocre a 3.02 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage so far this season.
On Tuesday, Andersen was on the ice at the start of practice with his teammates, but left about 20 minutes in, leaving Sparks and McAdam to finish the session.
However, the Leafs maintain that Andersen’s early departure from practice was part of his recovery plan.
Was it part of the plan to let him practice on Monday while being aware of his injury? Perhaps Andersen did not want to take the time off, however, he has already missed a game and now it seem unsure that he will be able to be in good shape to start against the Penguins on Thursday.
We might find out more today, however, we have to say the approach with his injury was probably not the right one…
“I’m going to see,” Andersen said to Sportsnet when asked if he shared his coach’s confidence from a night earlier that he would be ready to face the Penguins. “I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but definitely progressing
“We’ll see how it feels (Wednesday) and then on Thursday we’ll see.”
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