It appears goaltender James Reimer is progressing nicely and getting close to returning to game action for the Toronto Maple Leafs. TSN reported that Reimer participated in his second full practice on Sunday and head coach Randy Carlyle wouldn’t even rule out a return against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.
Reimer has missed the last two weeks with a left knee strain he received the last time the Maple Leafs played the Flyers on February 11th. Initially it seemed like the Leafs weren’t going to miss Reimer all that much because of the strong play of Ben Scrivens. However, although he hasn’t played awful in recent games, Scrivens’ play has declined just a bit. In a loss last week against the Tampa Bay Lightning Scrivens conceded a couple of goals he probably should have had, and in Saturday’s defeat at the hands of the Ottawa Senators his rebound control was poor, which again cost the Leafs twice.
Reimer had started the season in fine form by posting a 6-3 record with a save percentage of .929 and a goals against average of 2.31. With Matt Frattin and Joffrey Lupul being out for an extended period of time, the Leafs are without substantial firepower. Meaning keeping pucks out of the net becomes all the more crucial.