The Toronto Maple Leafs have been scuffling currently, however they will get a lift with the return of goalie Frederik Andersen on Monday in opposition to the Avalanche.
He has been out since Dec. 22 with a groin harm.
“I have been working exhausting on ensuring it feels properly and feels good to play on, and is one thing that won’t linger,” Andersen stated after Monday’s morning skate. “That is why we took just a little bit additional time to be certain that I used to be feeling nice.
“If I actually had to play I might have pushed it just a little bit sooner, however we examined our endurance just a little bit in attempting to get it fastened.”
Toronto’s backup Garret Sparks, who was out with a concussion, additionally returned to the crew Monday.
The Maple Leafs have misplaced 4 of their final six video games and are solely two factors forward of the Bruins for second place within the Atlantic Division.
Toronto had been counting on emergency callup Michael Hutchinson in objective. He went 2-Three-Zero with a 2.64 goals-against common and .914 save proportion.
Andersen is 20-9-1 this season with a 2.50 goals-against common and .923 save proportion; his 20 wins rank third within the league.