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Toronto Taking The Cautious Route With Frederik Andersen

from Kristen Shilton of TSN,

Despite Andersen taking part in his second full-team practice on Sunday, Mike Babcock already ruled him out for Monday’s game against Nashville by revealing Michael Hutchinson will get his third consecutive start for Toronto. Andersen's next opportunity to play won't come until Thursday in New Jersey. 

“The idea is to be ready to play. It goes without saying,” Andersen said. “Until then, we take care of what we can control and make sure the right treatment is being given.”

It’s been more than two weeks since Andersen’s last start on Dec. 22, when he was already dealing with the groin injury that would eventually sideline him. Andersen held out hope the ailment would improve over Christmas, but when that wasn’t the case, he had no choice but to put his faith in the Leafs’ medical staff to guide him on the right path.

“I’ve never dealt with anything groin-related before,” Andersen said. “When it [didn’t feel great after Christmas], it wasn’t alarming, but it was something to kind of take care of before it got out of hand, and to try and control it and get rid of it before it becomes a bigger problem.”

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