This morning, on the day of game two of a back-to-back weekend, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that starting goalie Frederik Andersen has an injured groin and will not play in tonight’s game against the New York Islanders.
Toronto Marlies starting goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo will back up Garret Sparks in net, who will now play the first NHL back-to-back games of his career.
Kaskisuo has played in 11 games for the Marlies this year, and has missed time with a lower body injury of his own. In the 11 games he played, Kaskisuo has a 4.16 goals against average and an .866 save percentage. Last year, playing mainly with the AHL Chicago Wolves, he had a 2.38GAA and .914sv%. This is the first time he’s been called up to the NHL since signing with the Maple Leafs in 2016.