Apr 9, 2017
Babcock expects Andersen to be ready for playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen is not suffering from symptoms after being forced to leave Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins early, and he expects the goalie to be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs.
The Canadian Press,
TORONTO — Goaltender Garret Sparks was recalled by the Toronto Maple Leafs from the American Hockey League on an emergency basis Sunday morning, but head coach Mike Babcock said he expects No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen to be ready for the playoffs.
Babcock told reporters Andersen is not suffering from any symptoms after being forced to leave Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins after being bumped in the head by Penguins forward Tom Sestito, and that he expects the goalie to practice Monday and "for sure" be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs.
Curtis McElhinney will start for the Leafs in their regular season finale Sunday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, with Sparks serving as the backup.
Toronto's regular season finale carries playoff implications: if the Leafs pick up at least a point they'll face Ottawa in the first round and avoid the President's trophy-winning Washington Capitals. More important though is the potential absence of Andersen for the start of that post-season.
Andersen has delivered 33 wins and a .918 save percentage in his first season with the Leafs.