Andersen made 40 saves during Tuesday's 1-0 win over Florida. The standout showing gives Andersen 30 wins, a .923 save percentage, 2.66 GAA and five shutouts for the campaign. Those numbers position him among the top fantasy netminders in the league. Additionally, he hadn't been quite as sharp leading into Tuesday's game with three goals or more allowed in each of his past four outings, so it was encouraging to see him rebound.
Andersen will tend the twine for Tuesday night's showdown with the Panthers, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports. After seeing his four-game win streak come to an end Saturday, Andersen was given the night off Sunday and will return to the starter's net looking to put in a solid effort after allowing three goals or more in six of his last seven starts. Florida will give him a serious run for his money in that regard though, as that team is currently averaging 3.75 goals per game and 34.0 shots per game in February.
Andersen made 34 saves in a 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday night. Andersen has allowed at least three goals in six of his last seven starts, but it was just his first loss in five starts. His ability to battle out wins is remarkable and he's clearly the Leafs' MVP. But at some point, all those goals will come back to bite.
Andersen will get the starting nod against the Penguins on Saturday, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports. Andersen will take his four-game winning streak on the road versus Pittsburgh's high-powered offense (3.10 goals per game). The netminder will be begging his teammates to stay out of the Sin Bin to avoid facing the league's most potent power play (26.6 percent) that features the three-headed monster of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel.
Andersen delivered a career high 54 saves in Wednesday's 6-3 win over Columbus. The Jackets became the first team in the post-expansion era to record 50 or more shots in three straight games but the Great Dane was up to the task, overshadowing Nazem Kadri's five-point night. Andersen is a legitimate Vezina candidate and in fact, he should be a Hart candidate given his importance to the Maple Leafs. Cripes, he might even get votes for Prime Minister of Denmark. Andersen is now a play-and-forget player.
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