Leafs’ Andersen day to day with groin injury

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen will not dress on Saturday night against the New York Islanders after suffering a groin injury, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

Andersen served as the backup to Garret Sparks on Friday in the Leafs’ 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Kasimir Kaskisuo has been recalled from AHL Toronto on an emergency basis and will serve as Sparks’ backup against the Islanders.

Andersen, 29, is having his best season as a starter in 2018-19. Through 30 games, he is sporting a 20-9-1 record with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. He had the same save percentage and a 2.29 GAA during the 2013-14 campaign as a member of the Anaheim Ducks, but he only made 28 appearances while splitting time in the crease with John Gibson.

Following the game with the Islanders, the Maple Leafs have a five-day break before playing their next game. There is a chance that Andersen would be available for that game against the Minnesota Wild, but there is no timetable for his return as of now.

Sparks backstopped the Leafs to a win on Friday, and will man the crease once again in one of the most anticipated games of the year – John Tavares will play his former team for the first time since departing in free agency.

The 25-year-old Sparks owns a 2.89 GAA and .910 save percentage across nine appearances this year.

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