Conn Smythe Watch: Freddie Andersen is quietly giving the Leafs his best hockey

“It’s too soon.”
“LOL, Leafs fans.”
“You’ll jinx him.”
These are the comments that I assume will be generated as a result of the title. All are pretty darn fair if you ask me, but I’m going with it anyway. Andersen has been great.

ANDERSEN! Huge toe save. pic.twitter.com/P8DFGSPAFW
— Flintor (@TheFlintor) August 3, 2020

You see, one of the biggest question marks coming into the playoffs was what Freddie Andersen would show up between the pipes, and at least two games in, it seems we’ve got the best one.

Games
Minutes
Saves
Sv%
GSAA
xGA
GA

Andersen
2
119
53
0.981
3.41
3.94
1

Korpisalo
2
118
64
0.97
3.39
4.94
2

I’m not sure a goaltender’s duel was what was expected heading into this series, but it is what the Leafs and Blue Jackets have landed on. While Andersen might be leading the Return to Play in Sv% and GSAA, immediately behind him is Korpisalo. And perhaps some additional kudos need to be given to Joonas for stopping the Leafs elite forwards, something also needs to be said for Andersen doing it without the help of the a blueline of Columbus’ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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