Maple Leafs get big boost with return of goalie Frederik Andersen

Posted On: Jan 14, 2019   |   Posted By: Yardbarker

The Toronto Maple Leafs have gone 2-3 in the five games started by Michael Hutchinson, an emergency fill-in acquired from the Florida Panthers just before the team lost their two NHL goaltenders. Today, both of those goaltenders will be back on the ice as Frederik Andersen has been activated off injured reserve and Garret Sparks has cleared the concussion protocol. Andersen will start tonight against the Colorado Avalanche with Sparks serving as backup, while Hutchinson has been returned to the AHL for the time being. Goaltending has been an interesting position for the Maple Leafs, who lost Calvin Pickard and Curtis McElhinney on waivers just before the season began. That meant at one point Eamon McAdam was just a Sparks injury away from being the team's starter, a far cry from the deep group they had a year ago. Hutchinson has returned some order to the position with his reliable presence in net the past few games, though the team is obviously thrilled with getting Andersen back. In fact, the time off m

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