The Toronto Maple Leafs are dealing with some major complications in the crease.
Starter Frederik Andersen was placed on injured reserve Thursday, retroactive to Dec. 23, as he deals with a nagging groin injury. His backup Garret Sparks is also out of action for precautionary reasons after going through concussion protocol following Wednesday's practice, the team announced.
With both regulars out, the Maple Leafs recalled recent trade acquisition Michael Hutchinson, as well as Kasimir Kaskisuo from the AHL's Toronto Marlies on an emergency basis to carry the load versus the Minnesota Wild on Thursday afternoon.
Hutchinson made four starts with the Florida Panthers in 2018-19 before the Leafs traded for him on Dec. 29. Kaskisuo has appeared in 11 games with the Marlies, going 3-5-1 with an .866 save percentage.