|Date of Birth||10/2/1989|
|Height, Weight||6'4", 230 lbs|
|Drafted||2012 - Rd 3|
Andersen made 26 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
He's back. Andersen was sharp, but Alexandar Georgiev was white hot at the other end. The Leafs fired 45 shot at the young man and made a whopping 104 attempts at the net, but the Russian stymied them. Andersen's squeamish play from last week seems to be out of his system. Use with confidence.
Andersen will take on the Rangers as a home starter Saturday, Dave McCarthy of NHL.com reports.
The Maple Leafs are a shoo-in for the playoffs, which means we should see a composed netminder in Andersen. He'll take on a hapless Rangers team with five straight losses in a division that currently features six clubs with a winning record. Andersen is 34-15-4 with a 2.73 GAA and .918 save percentage through 54 games this season -- those numbers are in line with his career averages, and the only drag on his fantasy value is that he's only pitched one shutout this year.
Andersen stopped 17 of 19 shots in Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the Predators.
Nashville's final goal was scored into an empty net. Andersen wasn't particularly busy, but he had little chance on the two goals he allowed, both of which were the product of some pinpoint passing. After surrendering 14 goals and getting the hook twice in his prior three starts, however, this outing counts as progress.
Andersen will tend the twine Tuesday in Nashville, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Andersen got a rare night off in the second game of a back-to-back set Saturday, needing a reset after allowing four or more goals in three straight outings. Nashville sits in the middle of the pack in terms of scoring (3.00 goals per game) in March, though the club averages just 2.89 goals per game at home, so Andersen could have a decent shot to notch win No. 35.
Andersen stopped 23 of 29 shots in Friday's 7-6 win over the Flyers.
While he managed to play all three periods in this one, it was still another rough outing for the netminder, who's been tagged for 14 goals on only 62 shots over his last three starts -- a brutal .774 save percentage. Expect Andersen to get the night off Saturday in Ottawa to try and regain his focus.