Andersen (upper body) is considered day-to-day after suffering a minor injury Saturday, but he will not dress for Tuesday's game against the Panthers, Mark Masters of TSN reports. While Andersen's ailment will hold him out Tuesday, it sounds as though the issue is minor and he could be back in the goal crease soon. His next chance arrives Thursday against the Predators. In the meantime, Curtis McElhinney will man the net Tuesday, with Garret Sparks being recalled from AHL Toronto to serve as the backup.
After skating on his own with goalie coach Steve Brier on Monday, Andersen (upper body) stayed on the ice and participated in practice, David Alter of The Athletic reports. Andersen exited Saturday's game early due to the upper-body issue, so his presence at Monday's morning skate comes as a positive sign of his status moving forward. The team will likely provide further information on the netminder in the near future, potentially placing a timeline on his return. Garret Sparks was recalled from the team's AHL affiliate Monday, but was just watching during the practice session as Andersen manned his net.
Andersen (upper body) skated on his own and worked with goalie coach Steve Briere on Monday, Paul Hendrick of the team's official site reports. Anderson exited Saturday's contest with an upper-body injury, but his skating likely rules out a concussion as the issue. Given that the club recalled Garret Sparks on Monday, it seems likely the top netminder will miss Tuesday. Assuming that's the case, his next chance to take the crease would arrive Thursday against the Predators.
Andersen left Saturday's game against the Sabres in the first period after suffering an upper-body injury. Andersen allowed two goals on 16 shots before giving way to Curtis McElhinney, who finished up the disastrous 5-2 defeat in Buffalo. It's uncertain how long Andersen will be sidelined, but it's bad news for a team which just appeared to be hitting its stride while coming close to securing a playoff spot.
Andersen will guard the cage in Saturday's road game against the Sabres, Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV reports. Andersen has been sharp in the month of March, compiling a 6-1-2 record while maintaining a 1.99 GAA and .940 save percentage over nine appearances. The 27-year-old netminder will look to stay hot in a favorable road matchup with a Sabres team that's averaging 2.54 goals per game at home this season, 24th in the NHL.
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