Andersen was chased from the net early in the third period of Saturday's game after surrendering six goals on 28 shots by the Bruins. Andersen has been playing at MVP levels for most of the season, but he looked tired Saturday night. He was replaced by Garret Sparks. Andersen should rebound next time out.
Andersen will start between the pipes Saturday against the Bruins in Beantown, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports. Andersen faces a barrage of shots on nearly a nightly basis, having seen at least 40 in each of his last four starts. Still, he's surrendered no more than three goals in each of those outings and owns a 4-0-0 record over that span. He will look to extend that winning streak to five Saturday against a Bruins team riding a three-game losing streak.
Andersen allowed three goals on 41 shots in Tuesday's win over the Sabres. The game went back and forth between these two high-powered offenses, but Andersen stood tall where it counts making multiple high-pressure saves in overtime. That allowed Auston Matthews to seal the win with just 2.7 seconds remaining. Andersen has now won four straight games, and he's faced at least 40 shots in each outing.
Andersen will start in net Tuesday against the Sabres in Buffalo, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports. Andersen set aside 38 of the 41 shots he faced in Sunday's victory over the Wild, marking the third straight game he's made 38 saves and also his third straight win between the pipes. He's pieced together his best season in Toronto thus far and one of the best of his career, owning a career-best .931 save percentage to go along with a 2.30 GAA and a 15-7-0 record thus far. He catches the Sabres at the right time, with the opposition in the midst of a three-game losing streak after a hot start.
Andersen made 38 saves in a 5-3 win over the Wild on Saturday night. This was Andersen's third straight win. He has a .934 save percentage in that span, a mark consistent with his .932 on the season. That's a big leap from Andersen's career .919 save percentage. He has ascended into the NHL's elite and may even be in its top-three. Auto-start.
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