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Reimer likely starter for Leafs tonight in Pittsburgh

Jan 23, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

James Reimer AP

So much for easing James Reimer back into action – it appears he’ll make his season debut in Toronto’s goal tonight in Pittsburgh.

The decision by head coach Randy Carlyle is an interesting one for a couple of reasons.

First, Ben Scrivens was solid in the Maple Leafs’ first two games, allowing just three goals on 42 shots.

Second, facing the high-scoring Penguins on the road isn’t the easiest assignment for a goalie that hasn’t played a real game since March and is looking to bounce back from a tough 2011-12.


  1. steelers88 - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Are the Leafs giving us this game? A goalie who hasn’t played since March is going up against Malkin, Crosby, and Neal!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Reimer does have good numbers against the Pens but after a year off this is definitely a head-scratcher, especially with the Islanders coming up on Thursday.

  2. davebabychreturns - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    I would guess that Reimer gets most of the tough starts this year (unless he looks truly awful out there in which case the Leafs have to rethink their situation in goal), so far Ben Scrivens has done well against a team in full rebuild mode and another that missed the playoffs then traded away their top centre in the offseason.

  3. jaybird22seven - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    If the Leafs play a physical game against the Pens they definitely have a chance to beat them. But Reimer needs to have a solid game to give them a chance.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      I disagree with your assertion here. I think the best way for the Leafs to contend is to stay out of the Penalty Box. Playing physical and staying out of the box is a VERY hard line to draw.

      My bet is to play solid team D, and then try to get some odd man rushes on break outs or when D-Men pinch. Still requires a solid game with Reimer.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        Agreed, the D needs to be solid in fornt of Reimer for the Leafs to have a chance. Every team needs to stay out of the box against the Pens. That PP is downright scary.

  4. steelers88 - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Yeah if the Pens get on the Power Play alot they will crush the Leafs with Neal, Malkin, Crosby, Letang, and Kunitz or Dupuis forget about it.

    • richie500 - Jan 23, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Steelers88 quit making the rest of us Pens fans look bad, you jackass!

  5. franchisethighs - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    The leafs have about as much chance in this game as Manti Te’o has at finding his dignity.

  6. crosberries - Jan 23, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Can’t wait to watch the butt whooping in person!!!

  7. malkinrulez - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Leafs have always played well against pens. I expect a tough game that if Pens play their game will win.

  8. steelers88 - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    For the first time in 8 months, IT’S A HOCKEY NIGHT IN PITTSBURGH!

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