Frederik Andersen is giving the Leafs exactly what they need from him this season!

He's the centerpiece of their defense, but will this be enough for the Leafs to go all the way?

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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen is probably playing the best hockey of his career so far this season. The 28-year old netminder started his 36th game of the season (tied for 1st in the NHL with Sergei Bobrovsky) yesterday in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Andersen has a record of 22-12-2 with a goal-against average of 2.65 and a .922 save percentage. 

Drafted twice in the NHL (187th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes and 87th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in 2012), the Danish netminder started 227 games in the NHL so far with the Ducks and the Leafs, posting a record of 132-54-28 with a 2.48 goal-against average and a .919 save percentage. The Leafs acquired him via trade from Anaheim in 2016 for a first round pick in 2016 (Sam Steel) and a second round pick in 2017 (Maxime Comtois).

 If he keeps playing the way he is until the end of the season, he could register career best numbers in wins and save percentage.

Andersen is still not putting Vezina like numbers, as he sits 24th for the goal-against average and 13th for save percentage, but he certainly gives the Leafs a chance to win every game he's a part of. 

The Maple Leafs are currently third in the Atlantic division with a record of 25-16-3. They are 5-3-2 in their last ten games. Toronto will be playing against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night. The Sens are currently seventh in the Atlantic division with a record of 14-17-9. Andersen is expected to get the start for the Leafs, and he should be facing Mike Condon

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