Bernier will have sports hernia surgery on Wednesday and is expected to need two to three weeks of rehabilitation.
The injury also cost Bernier five games in March. He said he would be healthy for training camp in September. "I felt pretty good," he said. "It was sore but my range, my stretching was fine. I think a lot of players play through that." Bernier had a 26-19-7 record this season with a 2.68 GAA and .923 SV%. In a very frustrating season for the Maple Leafs, Bernier was a bright spot and proved that he can be a number-1 goalie in the NHL.
Remier allowed two goals on 33 shots in a loss to the Lightning on Tuesday. Ouch, this guy just can win this season. While this game is meaningless in the standings, the battle of Ontario is never meaningless to the Sens and Leafs. Each team will be looking for the W tonight.
MacIntyre has played in five career NHL games, but has never started one of them. He has stopped 50 of 54 shots in games with the Canucks, Sabres and Leafs. WIth the Maple Leafs season over, MacIntyre will finally make his first NHL start at the age of 30. He went 27-15-3 with a 2.49 GAA and .918 SV% with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) before being recalled.
The Maple Leafs have recalled Petter Granburg from Toronto (AHL).
Granburg, 21, was a Leafs' fourth round pick (116th overall) in 2010. He has six points (2G / 4A) with a plus-18 rating in 69 games in his first season with the Toronto Marlies. He will likely make his NHL debut tonight as the Leafs rest one of their defensemen.
MacIntyre could make his first career NHL start on Thursday.
MacIntyre has played in five career NHL games, but has never started one of them. He has stopped 50 of 54 shots in games with the Canucks, Sabres and Leafs. WIth the Maple Leafs season over, MacIntyre looks like he will finally make his first NHL start at the age of 30. He went 27-15-3 with a 2.49 GAA and .918 SV% with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) before being recalled.
The Maple Leafs have recalled Carter Ashton from Toronto (AHL).
Ashton has been recalled and will likely play with Nazem Kadri and David Clarkson tonight with Dave Bolland likely out. Ashton has three assists in 31 games with the Leafs this season and is still searching for his first NHL goal. Tonight, will mark his 47th career NHL game and it will come against the team that drafted him 29th overall in 2009.
Bolland is dealing with pain in the area where he had surgery to repair a severed tendon in his ankle. One would think maybe the Maple Leafs and Bolland rushed his return if he is dealing with significant pain in that surgically repaired area. If Bolland does not play tonight, expect him to be shut down for the rest of the season.
Reimer was tagged with four goals on 41 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Jets on Saturday. Reimer still has not recorded a win in a game he started since January 21st. The Leafs have completely imploded and need to run the table with help to even have a sniff at the playoffs. Reimer will take on a Lightning team who lit him up for five goals on 30 shots two and half weeks ago.
Lupul (lower-body) is on the ice for pre-game warmups.
Lupul was upgraded from doubtful to a game-time decision and now it looks like he will play tonight vs. Winnipeg. Lupul missed Thursday's game with a lower-body injury, but it looks like he will return tonight. He has three goals and three assists in his last night games. Jerry D'Amigo will likely come out of the lineup.
Reimer allowed one goal on 11 shots after replacing Jonathan Bernier on Thursday. The Leafs went on to win the game in OT, giving Reimer the W. The last time Bernier was injured, Reimer struggled mightily. With the Leafs season on the brink, he will need to step-up to keep them alive. He will likely start all of Toronto's remaining games.
Lupul (lower-body) is listed as day-to-day; doubtful for Saturday.
Lupul is in danger of missing his second straight game with a lower-body injury. The exact nature of the injury is not known, but it looks like it will hold him out of tomorrow's meeting with the Jets. Jerry D'Amigo will likely stay in the lineup if Lupul is unable to go.
Bernier was injured on Thursday night and will now miss the rest of the regular season and start of the playoffs (if the Leafs qualify). The last time Bernier was hurt, James Reimer struggled and the Leafs went on a big-time losing streak that may end up costing them the playoffs. Reimer will get a chance to redeem himself in Toronto's remaining four games.