|Date of Birth||3/2/1990|
|Height, Weight||6'3", 200 lbs|
|Drafted||2008 - Rd 3|
Hutchinson allowed four goals on 32 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 loss in Washington.
The Leafs staked Hutchinson to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but they watched it disappear, as the hosts responded by scoring the next four goals. The start of the 2019-20 season has been unkind to Toronto's backup netminder. With an 0-1-1 record, a 3.98 GAA and an .886 save percentage, Mike Babcock is going to have a tough time trusting Hutchinson if he continues to turn in performances like the one we saw Wednesday in Washington.
Hutchinson is expected to start in Wednesday's road game against the Capitals.
The Maple Leafs will play their second game in as many days, so Hutchinson will get the nod. His first and only start of the year was brutal, as he allowed five goals on 42 shots in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Canadiens. The Caps' offense is thriving with 16 goals over their last four contests, so Hutchinson will need to be on top of his game to get back on track.
Hutchinson made 37 saves in a 6-5 shootout loss to Montreal on Saturday night.
His teammates gave him a 4-1 lead at the 5:16 mark of the third. But Hutchinson gave up four goals, including three shorthanded, in under 10 minutes. Coach Mike Babcock has little patience for poor performances from backup goalies, so Hutch had better get his game together fast or he won't see much playing time.
Hutchinson is expected to be between the pipes at home versus Montreal on Saturday, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
While Frederik Andersen takes the first game of the back-to-back, Hutchinson will get the second on home ice against the Habs. The 29-year-old played in just nine NHL games last year, in which he went 3-4-2 with an .887 save percentage. Unless he can prove to be a more capable No. 2 option, the Leafs will likely use Hutchinson sparingly this year and allow Andersen to play another 60-plus games.
Hutchinson will get the starting nod for Friday's preseason matchup with Detroit, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Barring a disastrous outing, Hutchinson appears to have secured the No. 2 spot behind Frederik Andersen heading into the 2019-20 campaign. Considering Andersen has reached the 60-game mark in each of the previous three seasons, the 28-year-old Hutchinson likely won't play in more than 25-30 contests this season.