Ramblings: Andersen on the Shelf, Ovechkin on a Bender, Merzlikins, Vrana, Bernier, & Bratt (Feb 5)

Cam Robinson



The Canucks continued their road trip in Boston on Tuesday. For the second consecutive game, The Lotto Line was back together. That’s a big sigh of relief for Brock Boeser owners who were not loving the exile to line three and the lack of production that came along with it. 


However, Boeser, Elias PetterssonJ.T. Miller and the rest of the Canucks were shutout 4-0. Tuukka Rask popped the shutout and has been dynamite since returning from injury. That all-star break and bye-week timed out perfectly for him and the Bs.



Freddie Andersen may not have a concussion, but he has a neck injury, is considered day-to-day, and will not travel with the team to New York for their tilt against the Rangers on Wednesday. As a result, the Leafs have recalled Kasimir Kaskisuo from the American League.


This could be devastating to the Buds and to fantasy owners. While Andersen hasn’t been at his best – that 0.891 save percentage mark over the last seven games has been ugly. But he’s a proven workhorse who sees a ton of rubber. He’s second in wins, third in starts and third in saves.


Speaking personally, he hasn’t left my lineup once in a two G start, deep league. 


This will not be a simple hole to fill if Andy is on the shelf for a while. Generally