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Andersen day to day with neck injury for Maple Leafs

Goalie will not play against Rangers after being hurt during loss to Panthers

by Dave McCarthy / Independent Correspondent

Andersen injured in 1st

FLA@TOR: Andersen leaves after 1st with injury

Frederik Andersen collides with an opponent late in the 1st, and does not return to game action after the period ends

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TORONTO -- Frederik Andersen is day to day with a neck injury he sustained during the first period of the Toronto Maple Leafs' 5-3 loss to the Florida Panthers at Scotiabank Arena on Monday.

Andersen did not practice Tuesday and will not travel with the Maple Leafs when they play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (7:30 pm ET; SN, MSG, NHL.TV).

"He's at this point diagnosed with a neck injury. He's not going to travel with us. I guess at this stage we'd say day to day, we don't really know," coach Sheldon Keefe said. "With the nature of the injury, it's something that is always kind of day to day and they just want to manage the symptoms and see how things go."

The veteran goalie, who allowed one goal on eight shots, was run into by Frank Vatrano after the Panthers forward was pushed by Toronto defenseman Jake Muzzin on a 2-on-1 with 1:36 remaining in the first period. He was slow to get up but was able to finish the period before being replaced at the start of the second by Michael Hutchinson, who made 10 saves on 13 shots.

"[Andersen] is a big part of our team, he's been huge for us all year, but Hutchinson is very capable and has played great for us, gotten us some really good results, but we have to do a better job in front of him, especially the shifts in the third period that led to their goals," Maple Leafs captain John Tavares said. "He gives us a chance to win every night. Injuries happen and we have to find a way to get results."

Hutchinson, who has allowed six goals in his past four starts (4-0-0), will start against the Rangers.

"It's just my mental approach going into games, being relaxed and clear-headed and letting the game come to me has been the biggest thing," Hutchinson said. "We did a lot of drills [at practice Tuesday] getting ready for the Rangers so my focus is on the preparation for that. I'm just taking it one day at a time and not worrying about the things that are out of my control. If you worry about things you can't control too much, that's when you start getting in trouble."

The Maple Leafs recalled goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo from Toronto of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. Kaskisuo made his NHL debut on Nov. 16, allowing six goals on 38 shots in a 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is 12-7-2 with a 2.67 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 23 AHL games this season.

"What I've come to know about [Kaskisuo] is he's a guy that enjoys big moments, enjoys challenges," said Keefe, who coached the 26-year-old in the AHL last season and earlier this season. "Last season he had a real up and down season with the Marlies but down the stretch of the season and into the playoffs he was outstanding and was a massive reason why we were able to sweep a very good Rochester team in the first round of the playoffs. He's got a bit of experience here at the NHL level under his belt now and I'm sure if called upon, he'd be anxious for an opportunity."

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