Sportsnet is reporting that James Reimer will make the start for the Leafs tonight when the Buds take on the Minnesota Wild, who are coming off a 2-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres.
This is Reimer’s first start since his disappointing showing against the Ottawa Senators, where we allowed four goals on 20 shots, being relieved of his duties by Jonathan Bernier halfway through the second. Bernier had the starting job for the next couple games, but after struggling against Edmonton, it appears that Randy Carlyle has decided to refer back to the elder statesman of the two.
Randy Carlyle, as expected, has juggled his netminders early in the season. Being in the comfortable situation of having two goalies who are capable of starter-level play, I don’t think it’s likely that Carlyle will let either goalie have the crease for more than a few straight games, especially given the Olympics-shortened schedule. He knows he’ll need both his goalies confident and at 100 per cent to win later in the season.
Be sure to check the site later today for the full preview and lineup information for tonight’s game. Puck drop is set for just after 7 p.m at the Air Canada Centre.