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Goalie nods: Bernier back in, Niemi gets 12th start of season

Oct 30, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

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Some news and notes from the blue paint…

Leafs go back to Bernier

How things can change in a week.

Jonathan Bernier, who looked to have a stranglehold on Toronto’s No. 1 gig, must now re-establish himself in the pecking order with a start against the Flames in Calgary.

Bernier needs a strong effort to match James Reimer, who has been outstanding of late. Reimer stopped 37 of 38 shots in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Pittsburgh, then followed that up with a 43-save shutout against Edmonton on Tuesday.

Bernier’s last game was a 5-2 loss to Columbus on Oct. 25, in which he allowed four goals on 35 shots.

Niemi keeps on rolling

Antti Niemi will get the call — again — for San Jose tonight for its big inter-state rivalry game against Los Angeles.

Niemi has been a workhorse since signing with the Sharks three years ago, and that doesn’t seem to be changing. He’ll move into a share of the league lead with his 12th start tonight (Phoenix’s Mike Smith and Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec also have 12), and look to improve on his pretty stellar numbers: 9-1-1. 1.53 GAA, .933 save percentage.

Elsewhere…

– It’ll be Jimmy Howard vs. Roberto Luongo in tonight’s tasty Detroit-Vancouver matchup, as expected.

– After beating the Capitals on Saturday, Karri Ramo will get the nod for Calgary tonight against Toronto.

Tuukka Rask will be in goal for Boston against Pittsburgh tonight after allowing four goals for the first time all season in Saturday’s 4-3 loss to New Jersey.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 30, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    I’ve only been a Leafs fan since the days when Johnny Bower and Don Simmons shared crease duties, but I don’t really see much controversy here. Toronto has two really good goalies and I’d expect we’ll be seeing each of them quite a bit. Still 69 RS games left, so settle in, buckle up and enjoy the ride.

    • skr213 - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      Very rarely has a team won the Cup in the modern era with two goalies sharing the load. Obviously, Chicago last year was an anomaly – and one that didn’t continue because of injury to one of them. I tend to think sharing the duties too much makes it difficult for either goalie to find their rhythm. TO looks good this year, but if they try to do a shared duty for too long, I think it’s going to hurt them.

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Must be frustrating for Bernier. Behind Mike QUick in LA so did get to play much once Quick was healthy, then he get’s his opporetunity to compate for #1, has top 10 goalie results, and his competition has the 2nd best save%.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      Enduser, not to question your expertise on the topic, but it’s Jonathan Quick. We’ll also suggest spell check.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:08 AM

        If only “fluent typos” could be a positive resume item. I’m a neurological oddball. Dominent half of my brain is the non-verbal side (conceptual/artistic). But my voluntary muscle system is connected to my recessive left side. Which handles memory and sequencing.

        Grew up in a time where English was taught by “see and say”. Totally clueless ultimately proven failed approach, but it relied on memorization. I actually can spell better in Espanol that I can in English.

        I have almost no muscle memory. I can’t touch type or drive a stick shift. Have to look down to key, so I don’t see the typos as I key.

        You must be “normal” and thus the verbal part of your brain is dominent.

        Sure, I dorked the mechanics, and you dorked the point conceptually.

        I post conceptually. Focusing on spelling in a forum that is INHERANTLY informal is essentially “majoring on minors”

  3. endusersolutions2013 - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Back to Hockey. I’m an Antii Neimi fan. He’s started every game so far, and I think tonight that showed up in part. Haveing #1 play every game is unsustainable.

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