Frederik Andersen ready to return to Leafs crease


Expect to see Frederik Andersen back in his office on Monday night.

The Maple Leafs’ No. 1 goaltender, felled by the flu the past couple of days, is set to return to the crease after recovering from a groin injury that has kept him out of the lineup since Dec. 22.

“Definitely feel ready to go,” Andersen said after the Leafs practised at the MasterCard Centre on Sunday. “Got the little flu out of the way and feel a lot better than the (past) two days.

“It’s just a confidence thing of being in different positions with my leg and I think we covered a good amount of ground today. It felt really good.”

The Leafs play host to the Colorado Avalanche at Scotiabank Arena on Monday and there is a good chance Garret Sparks also will be in his usual spot, sitting at the end of the bench backing up Andersen.

Andersen has missed the past eight games; for Sparks, the period of inactivity has reached five games in his recovery from a concussion.