Bernier will start for the Maple Leafs on Saturday.
Bernier allowed three goals on 36 shots in the Maple Leafs loss to the Hurricanes on Thursday. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Bernier and moved him 13-7-3 on the year. He enters play tonight with a 5-2-0 record, 2.45 GAA and .932 SV% in the month of December.
The Maple Leafs have moved Joffrey Lupul to the top-line.
Coming off of their first loss since December 4th, the Maple Leafs shuffled their lines at Friday’s practice. Lupul skated with Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel while Daniel Winnik was dropped to the third line and James van Riemsdyk to the second line with Nazem Kadri. Lupul has recorded just one goal in his last five games, so this is an attempt to get him going again.
Bernier allowed two goals on 42 shots in the Maple Leafs win over the Ducks on Tuesday. He has been red-hot lately, winning four in a row and allowing just six goals on 149 shots (.960 SV%). He has a nice matchup tonight vs. the Hurricanes.
Polak (knee) is a game-time decision for Thursday.
Polak took part in Leafs practice on Wednesday and could be back in the lineup tomorrow vs. Carolina. He has been sidelined with a knee injury since November 22nd. Monitor his status in the morning skate.
Bernier allowed one goal on 28 shots in the Leafs 4-1 win over the Red Wings on Saturday. He has won his last three starts with a 1.34 GAA and .963 SV%. Bernier has been red-hot as of late, winning seven of his last nine outings entering play tonight. Tonight he will take on a Ducks team who have won seven in a row.
Remier skated on Saturday morning so his tweaked groin is good-to-go today vs. the Kings. He had a stellar outing on Wednesday, stopping 41 of 42 shots in the 2-1 shootout win over the Red Wings. Today it looks like he will be the one to take on the Kings, a team who are 1-2-0 on their current road-trip.
The Leafs aren't skating this morning, but James Reimer is expected to start in goal.
Remier skated on Saturday morning which suggests his tweaked groin is good-to-go today vs. the Kings. He had a stellar outing on Wednesday, stopping 41 of 42 shots in the 2-1 shootout win over the Red Wings. Today it looks like he will be the one to take on the Kings, a team who are 1-2-0 on their current road-trip.
Reimer (groin) says he could start Sunday if he is called upon.
The belief is that the Maple Leafs planned to start Reimer tonight and Jonathan Bernier tomorrow vs. his former team, but after Reimer tweaked his groin in practice on Thursday, it will be Bernier tonight and could be Reimer tomorrow. There will be no morning skate tomorrow, so the Leafs starter will not be revealed until warmups at 4:30 PM ET.
ames Reimer was expected to start this game, but after he tweaked his groin on Friday, it will be Bernier. Bernier stopped 32 of 33 shots in Tuesday’s win over the Flames. He has won four of five with a 2.63 GAA and .928 SV% and has posted a 0.98 GAA and .966 SV% while going 1-0-1 vs.Detroit this season.
Bernier not taking part in optional; expected to start.
James Reimer was expected to start this game, but after he tweaked his groin on Friday, it looks like it will be Bernier. Bernier stopped 32 of 33 shots in Tuesday’s win over the Flames. He has won four of five with a 2.63 GAA and .928 SV% and has posted a 0.98 GAA and .966 SV% while going 1-0-1 vs.Detroit this season.
Reimer appeared to be in-line to make a second straight start on Saturday vs. the Red Wings, but he tweaked his groin in practice this morning. Coach Carlyle hopes the goalies can split the back-to-back, but it will all depend on Reimer’s health. Monitor his status during Saturday’s morning skate.
Polak (knee) skated on his own for the first time since suffering the injury.
Polak has been sidelined with a strained left knee since November 22nd. He was scheduled to miss four weeks, which would put him on track to return a week from tomorrow. Since he just returned today, it looks like he will be out passed that original timetable, but this is a positive sign for the Maple Leafs’ blue line.
Reimer allowed six goals on 25 shots in relief in the Maple Leafs 9-2 loss to the Predators on November 18th. Jonathan Bernier has started the last nine games, but Reimer will snap that streak tonight in Detroit. He allowed four goals on 35 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Red Wings the last time he faced them.