However, head coach Mike Babcock is being a little more cautious, and suggested Monday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche could be when Andersen makes his return.
Andersen last played on Dec. 22 in a win over the New York Rangers. He was placed on injured reserve on Jan. 3, retroactive to Dec. 23. Garret Sparks, who is now also sidelined with a concussion, as well as Michael Hutchinson — who was acquired in a trade from the Florida Panthers on Dec. 30 — have made starts in Andersen’s absence.
Hutchinson is expected to start Thursday against the New Jersey Devils.
Andersen has been one of the better goalies in the NHL this season. His 20 wins are second in the league, and his .923 save percentage is eighth among goalies with at least 15 starts.