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Reimer (MCL strain) out minimum one week

Feb 12, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

James Reimer AP

Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer is out a minimum of one week with what the club is calling a “mild (MCL) knee strain.”

Reimer was injured in the second period of last night’s 5-2 victory over Philadelphia at the Air Canada Centre. The 24-year-old was replaced by backup Ben Scrivens, who will take over the starting duties in Reimer’s absence.

Winners of four straight, the Leafs don’t play again until Thursday, when they’re in Carolina to face the Hurricanes.

It’s not clear who will back up Scrivens while Reimer recovers. Jussi Rynnas is the starter for the AHL Marlies and is the likeliest call-up, but the organization won’t want want him sitting on the bench for that long.

Regardless, it’s a tough break for the Leafs (even if it could’ve been worse). Reimer (6-3-0, .929 SV%) has been very good this season after a challenging 2011-12 campaign that saw him miss extensive time with whiplash/concussion-like symptoms.

  1. jaredphi - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Glad its not something worse. Still, sorry he’s injured.

    He was great in the crease against my team last night. Regarding my team, last night was one of the worst performances from them all season so far.

  2. dolanster - Feb 12, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Three weeks into my own “mild” MCL sprain, and no ice time yet in site for me. I’m not in my 20s, but I don’t we’ll be seeing Reims in a week the way he hobbled off the ice.

    • withseidelinn - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Hopefully not, but I agree he did look very weak going off the ice. I think he’ll end up missing 5-8 games. Hopefully Scrivens can keep the Leafs on pace and they won’t lose all the ground they’ve been making lately.

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