Frederik Andersen back in net for Maple Leafs
|Toronto Star 13 Feb 2020 at 12:22|
The Maple Leafs No. 1 netminder says he has recovered from his neck injury and declared himself ready to go in time for tonight’s game against the Dallas Stars.
“It s been feeling like I’ve been out a while,” said Andersen. “Just happy to feel healthy and ready to play again.”
Andersen’s last game was Feb. 3 against the Florida Panthers. He played only the first period before leaving the game after being hit by a pair of Panthers players, Frank Vatrano and Mark Pysyk.
Without Andersen, the Leafs lost twice (including the Florida game) before trading for Jack Campbell, who went 2-0-1 in the Leaf net.
“Jack’s been doing great in the few games he’s been playing,” said Andersen.
Campbell will be the backup, missing a chance to play against the team that initially drafted him. Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said playing Campbell was not a consideration after Andersen said he’s good to go.
“Freddie said he’s ready and healthy and we want to get him going,” said Keefe. “There s some curiosity in terms of getting the game reps and how he will respond, but he s put in a lot of work.
“I think he was very close to being ready the other night and we just made the decision to give him a little more time. So I fully expect he s going to be ready to go.”
About the Stars
The Leafs beat the Stars 5-3 in Dallas on Jan. 29 ... Dallas is one of the lowest scoring teams in the NHL, with 149 goals for (the Leafs have 202). That’s 2.66 goals a game. And they’ll be without one of their better scorers, Alexander Radulov (15 goals, 16 assists). Radulov scored twice against the Leafs ... Meanwhile top scorer Tyler Seguin (11 goals, 30 assists) hasn’t scored in 17 games. He has 10 assists in that time.
Sheldon Keefe will put William Nylander on the left wing with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, just to see what happens. It will be their second game together.