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Reimer to start for Leafs versus Wild

Oct 15, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: James Reimer #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates off the ice after the loss to the Boston Bruins in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

James Reimer will be back in goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight when they host Minnesota. It will be his first start since getting pulled 10 days ago versus the Sens.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Bernier will be the back-up after his toughest start of the season on Saturday, a 6-5 OT win over the Oilers in which he surrendered five goals on 31 shots. (Even with that outing, his save percentage remains impressively high, at .946.)

For Reimer (4.63 GAA, .879 SV%), tonight will be an opportunity to find a groove after a long time on the bench. Per TSN’s Mark Masters, head coach Randy Carlyle didn’t want Reimer to get “stale” sitting and watching Bernier.

The Leafs have ridden hot goaltending and excellent special teams to a 5-1-0 record. Their next game after tonight’s is Thursday at home to Carolina.

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  1. withseidelinn - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Smart move. Reimer needs to keep his confidence up and the next two games (MIN and CAR) are both winnable. I think they should give Reimer both of those starts then rest him on Saturday, as Bernier knows CHI better and probably gives the Leafs the best chance to beat the Hawks.. which is a long shot in my opinion.

    • sunderlanding - Oct 15, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      They should only start him in CAR if he plays well tonight. You have to reward performance.

  2. northstarnic - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Let’s go MN!

  3. blomfeld - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Tears For Fears ?

    If I’m not mistaken, wasn’t Reimer the guy who was actually ‘crying’ in that photo last year ? LOL :) Regardless, this is now an old story as Bernier’s already won the starting gig there in Toronto, no two ways about it …

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