Sports The busier the better for Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen

16:24  27 november  2017
16:24  27 november  2017 Source:   thestar.com

Andersen stops 47 shots as Maple Leafs edge Flames

  Andersen stops 47 shots as Maple Leafs edge Flames Frederik Andersen stopped 47 shots through regulation and overtime, and three more in the shootout as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Calgary 2-1 on Wednesday for their second win over the Flames in eight days. William Nylander scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout, deking to the backhand to beat Mike Smith.Morgan Rielly scored for the Maple Leafs (18-10-1), who also downed Calgary 4-1 on Nov. 28.Mark Giordano scored for the Flames (14-12-2), who have dropped three in a row.Smith stopped 28 shots in a losing cause.

Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen has faced a league-leading 721 shots in a league-leading 21 games. (Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star). Andersen admits he too had a mini crisis of confidence at the start of the 2016-17 season, adjusting to the hothouse of Toronto from the tepid media backwater of Anaheim

Frederik Andersen (born 2 October 1989) is a Danish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Andersen was a member of Denmark's national team that competed at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.

They’re the one-percenters: elite professional goaltenders.

“Sixty jobs in the world,” says Leafs starter Frederik Andersen, and of course he’s referring to the top league on the planet, where he dreamed of playing as a child growing up in a remote corner of Denmark. “Not everyone knows what we go through. It’s unique.”

Perhaps few who take up the trade are as temperamentally suited to the job as the low-key Andersen, though it’s an evolution of poise still in progress, pivoting away sharply from the allegedly volatile personality exhibited at earlier stages of his NHL career.

This claim, of emotional turbulence, we will have to take on faith. This ginger-haired Dane is an oasis of calm, his up-against-the-wall post-game scrums typified by soft-spoken utterances and thoughtful pauses.

Calm, quiet Frederik Andersen once again bails out Maple Leafs

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Frederik Andersen Bio. For a goaltender who is 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Andersen somehow flew under the NHL's scouting radar for several years However, Andersen was nearly 21 before he was drafted; the Carolina Hurricanes selected him in the seventh round (No. 187) in the 2010 NHL Draft.

He talks on game-day mornings, a rarity among the masked tribe. But it is others that offer strong commentary about Andersen’s value to this club. It has become a familiar refrain in a topsy-turvy November: Freddie kept us in the game. Freddie stood on his head. Freddie was unbelievable. Or, after the team stumbles: We let Freddie down.

The accolades have been notable from head coach Mike Babcock. Following a close win Friday at Carolina, in which Andersen faced a season-high 47 shots, stopping 43 of them, the coach acknowledged: “Freddie was the main event, for sure. Freddie gave us a real opportunity.”

Indeed, a sturdy argument can be made that Andersen is the team’s MVP at the moment, particularly during a four-game injury absence by Auston Matthews, that he’s been the most vital factor in Toronto holding its ground behind Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division.

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Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is on pace for a career-high 67 starts this season, a sizeable increase in workload from his three-year stint He might get in a good stretch or take a dip in the pool, but nothing overly taxing, even when it comes to practice. Leafs goalie coach Steve Briere typically

Andersen compares to the best goalies in the league in all major statistics, and along with Auston Mathews, is the backbone of the young franchise The goalie of the future for the Maple Leafs also has a chance at making history, as Andersen is currently only four wins shy of the franchise record

One could dive into the deep analytics for cluttering, eye-crossing, minutiae evidence but the surface numbers are sufficient: In starting a league-leading 21 games, Andersen has faced a league-leading 721 shots. That’s a rubber bombardment, yet last week he posted back-to-back shutouts, making it three on the season while elevating his save percentage to .918 and lowering his goals against average to 2.79.

Andersen doesn’t scrutinize the stats. He didn’t even realize, when the subject arose over the weekend, that he’d started more games than any fraternity colleague. “Um, I know I was up there but I didn’t know I was on top. I don’t really pay much attention to that.”

The un-analytics statistics put November into stark contrast with October, a replay of last year when Andersen had doubters wringing their hands over the large contract commitment the Leafs had made to their No. 1 netminder.

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Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen had a verbal lashing for his teammates Thursday night following Toronto's 3-2 overtime road loss to the Jake Gardiner, who played a role in Philadelphia's tying goal, admitted he probably didn't make the best decision on the play. He said Andersen 's

When the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Frederik Andersen and immediately signed him to a five-year That’s not good . # Leafs are the 1st team since the 2002-03 Thrashers to with 18 or more goals in Is it the defense leaving Andersen out to dry? Is it the goaltender and his angles or his rebounds?

Andersen admits he too had a mini crisis of confidence at the start of the 2016-17 season, adjusting to the hothouse of Toronto from the tepid media backwater of Anaheim, but his dubiousness was erased when he posted the fifth-best save percentage in the NHL from Nov. 1 onward (minimum 40 starts) and had a strong post-season.

This year, however, was no deja vu frailty, at least in his mind. There was never any panic, despite unimpressive numbers through the opening weeks, though he did impose upon himself a brief Twitter blackout, just to dial down the noise. Andersen has improved his GAA in monthly splits from 3.46 to 2.06 and his save percentage from .896 to a scintillating .941.

He asserts that no significant technical alteration to his puck-stopping was required though he did consult with Leafs goaltending coach Steve Briere. He rejects the suggestion that opponents had been victimizing him with shots high, a vulnerability perhaps caused by over-thinking a potential second shot while under-focusing on the initial shot.

“I don’t think that’s it. Guys shoot pretty much everywhere and you’ve got to be ready for pretty much everything. I’m just trying to see the puck.”

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Frederik Andersen was named the top goaltender at the 2018 World Championship. Andersen posted a 1.65 goals-against average and .944 Andersen will have to be on his game if the Leafs are going to advance to the second round and he has been the best player on the team in their three

The best goalie in the league? Probably not. But Andersen has been crucial to his team’s success It was the most shots Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen had faced in his career Andersen has started 49 of Toronto’s 59 games, good for about 83 percent. If he starts 83 percent of

He took note of Briere’s admonition to better control rebounds, but that’s pretty much what every goalie under the sun is told.

“Mostly my mindset has been what’s been better for me,” says Andersen. “Trying to move into shots a little more. Trying to be aggressive in the save selections. Move into the shots instead of just sitting back and hoping they come at you.”

Perhaps counter-intuitively, that doesn’t mean coming out further in his crease to challenge shooters, which is boiler-plate teaching.

“Not so much that. More, once they shoot it, move into the shot and track it better.’’

His interlocutor expresses a laywoman’s incomprehension.

“It’s tough to explain if you’re not used to the position. You want to be more aggressive when you make the save, move into the shot,” he repeats.

The 28-year-old is adamant that his heavy workload — he is on pace to start 70 games, barring injury — is no hardship. He thrives off it. Anticipating that Babcock would ride him like a quarter-horse, he lost weight in the off-season for improved agility and pays close attention to diet, swearing off his sweet-tooth cravings.

“(Fatigue) is something we monitor. There’s no set way of doing that, so we go day by day. We look at ways to stay healthy, stay rested enough to play at a level where you can give a good chance for your team to win and that’s what we’ve doing lately.”

Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen has faced a league-leading 721 shots in a league-leading 21 games.© Carlos Osorio Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen has faced a league-leading 721 shots in a league-leading 21 games.

Sometimes Andersen makes the saves look harder than they should be. Occasionally he gets beaten on shots that had no business entering the net. What he’s learned is not to gnaw on the bone of mistakes.

“I don’t really worry about being beaten. I just worry about getting ready to make the next save, no matter what the score is.”

It’s the benefit of a tranquil nature.

“I feel good. I’ve been feeling good most of the year.”

Leafs’ Matthews misses practice again as rehab from upper-body injury continues .
Auston Matthews once again was not on the ice at Maple Leafs practice Monday morning.Matthews has not skated with the Leafs in a week as he continues to rehab an upper-body injury. The Leafs have won their past four games, three of them without their star centre.Toronto is enjoying a four-day break between games before returning to action Thursday night at home against the New Jersey Devils. © Richard Lautens Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews has not skated with the team in a an upper-body injury.

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