James Reimer will be out a minimum of one week after suffering a mild MCL strain in the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Monday night. Reimer left the game in the second period after stretching to make a save during a scramble around the crease. He needed to be helped off the ice and did not return.
As he left the contest it looked as though Reimer could not put any weight on his leg, so potentially only missing a week is good news for the Leafs. He has been arguably the main reason for the team’s strong start as he has posted a 6-3 record with a 2.31 goals against average and a .929 save percentage. Reimer also recorded a shutout last Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.
Ben Scrivens, who stopped 32 of 33 shots in relief yesterday, will figure to get the majority of the playing time in net until Reimer returns. The Leafs will probably also have to make a roster move and bring up a backup just in case. The most likely candidate would be Jussi Rynnas who has .914 save percentage with the Toronto Marlies this season. Rynnas did play two games for the Leafs last year late in the season due to injuries to Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson.