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Report: Scrivens to start for Toronto — again

Jan 21, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

Ben Scrivens AP

According to multiple reports (see here and here and here), the Toronto Maple Leafs will give goalie Ben Scrivens his second straight start on Monday night when they take on Buffalo at the Air Canada Centre.

Scrivens, 26, was something of a surprise start in Saturday’s season opener — a 2-1 win over Montreal — but played well, stopping 21 of 22 shots and earning the game’s second star.

“Benny was really good,” Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf said. “He was square to the puck. When we gave up shots he was there to control the rebounds into the corners.

“He was really solid tonight and I was really happy for him to get that win.”

Turns out Scrivens was also solid enough to earn consecutive starts.

With that in mind, it’ll be interesting to see if Scrivens can follow up on his opening-night success. Last year, he was outstanding in his season debut — a 4-1 win over Columbus, stopping 38 of 39 shots — only to get shellacked in his next outing, a 7-0 loss to Boston in which he allowed five goals and finished with a .643 save percentage.

It’ll also be interesting to see when James Reimer will make his season debut. Toronto is back in action on Wednesday against Pittsburgh — if that’s Reimer’s first appearance, it’ll be 306 days since his last game (Mar. 23 vs. New Jersey.)

In other lineup news, it appears as though Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle will switch things up on defense. Mark Fraser and Korbinian Holzer will draw in while Mike Komisarek and Cody Franson will be the healthy scratches.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 21, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    The fact that Reimer hasn’t played for a full year while Scrivens has recently gone where no Leaf has gone before (the playoffs, albeit the AHL ones) and played very well on Saturday make this less surprising. I’m actually a bit more surprised to see Franson scratched. He looked pretty solid last game.

  2. davebabychreturns - Jan 21, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I think the Leafs could be in for a bit of a honeymoon period with their goaltenders, if only by virtue of the new head coach.. under Ron Wilson they were a safe bet to be one of the league’s worst defensive outfits, and with a decent amount of competent defenders they should be capable of much more under Carlyle.

    It’s far from a given that Scrivens and Reimer will be capable of carrying the team for any stretch, but Randy Carlyle is a smart guy and I’m sure he’ll be doing everything he can to make sure they don’t have to.

  3. buddysguys - Jan 21, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    that’s good news for Komisarek, now he doesn’t have to get cleaned up by Marcus Foligno tonight…

    • bdrs17 - Jan 21, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Foligno would’ve beat his ass, that is, if he can ever crack the lineup again.

  4. beergold - Jan 21, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    One bad game and he will be hung by the Laff fans and media ….doesn’t stand a chance in Laff Land!

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