Mike Babcock Comments On Andersen's Workload.

Published March 27, 2019 at 2:25 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are pretty much locked in to play the Boston Bruins once again in the playoffs. The team will need all cylinders rolling if they hope to finally get that monkey off their back of beating Boston in the playoffs. One of the players that we'll need to be rolling is goalie Frederik Andersen who unfortunately been struggling lately. Andersen has given up 23 goals in the last six games which equals a 3.83 goals against average, not exactly something you want to see from your starting goalie before the playoffs. Is he too tired?Headcoach Mike Babcock was asked if Andersen is currently burned out. "The biggest thing is you want to walk into the playoffs with swagger, feeling real good about yourself. There's two parts to that. There's the part the team can do to help him and there's the part you can do so as a goalie you've got to be feeling good and at the top of your game. So that's working with your goalie coach, taking the right amount of time off, getting into a rhythm, but the biggest thing is you've got to feel good. Any athlete that can pretend they're playing well when they're not feeling well, it's just not possible. I've got a goalie coach and Freddie. We talk about that yesterday, we talk about our plan, we went through it. Fred's not 12, he's a man. So we went through it with him and 'What do you want, what do you need, and what are we going to do to help you?'".

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