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“Comfortable” Reimer to make fifth straight start for Leafs

Feb 4, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

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The player deposed Leafs GM Brian Burke never stopped believing could be a top goalie in the NHL is playing a lot like a top goalie in the NHL.

As such, James Reimer is expected to make his fifth straight start tonight when Toronto hosts Carolina.

Reimer, 24, is 3-2-0 with a .922 save percentage and 2.46 GAA. On Saturday, he stopped 33 of 34 Boston shots in a 1-0 loss.

Of note, Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle is quick to credit new goalie coach Rick St. Croix — who replaced Francois Allaire (who didn’t leave on the best terms) in September — for Reimer’s improved play.

“I think [Reimer's] comfortable,” Carlyle said recently. “Rick St. Croix has had a measured amount of change with him and that’s not throwing anybody under the bus that was previously here. It’s just a different approach in some things.

“He looks confident. It looks like a lot of pucks are hitting him, because he’s in the right position. We’ve tried to make him a little more aggressive in certain situations. All those things are a culmination of a player coming into camp in the best shape he’s been in and in the right frame of mind.”

  1. timsabourin - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaters where are ya??

    suck it miller

    Flip it like Optimus Prime…To a 10 wheeler. V set the scheme on his own team like Starscream. Then go hit up on the bar scene like “nah mean”.

    • silversun60 - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      ummmm…what?

    • habsman - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Huh?

    • timsabourin - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      reimer’s nickname is optimus reim ya noobs.

    • andrewsabourin13 - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      DEAL WITH IT

  2. valoisvipers - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Lou who? Maybe just maybe Burkie was right about their goalie situation.

  3. rainyday56 - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Wonder if Allaire got his realty licence yet?

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