Phaneuf was not at Maple Leafs practice again on Friday, the defenseman has not practiced since Sunday and reportedly spent awhile in the training room following Wednesday's win over the Rangers. Whatever is ailing Phaneuf, must not be too serious as he will play on Saturday against the Flyers.
Bernier was given Monday night off, but allowed four goals on 30 shots in a overtime loss to the Canadiens on Saturday. He has allowed nine goals on 65 shots in two starts since the Sochi Olympics. He will go head-to-head with Henrik Lundqvist and could see recently acquired Martin St. Louis if he makes it to New York. Bernier is 0-1-1 with a 3.55 GAA and .920 SV% against New York this season.
The Maple Leafs have recalled Peter Holland from Toronto (AHL).
Holland continues to work his way back from 'lace-bit' that forced him to spend time in the hospital. He is just starting to get back up to speed and will likely be in the lineup tonight in New York. He has six goals and five assists in 36 games this season (5G / 5A in 32 gms with TOR).
Reimer leads the Maple Leafs onto the ice for warmups; he starts.
Reimer will make his first start since January 25. He allowed four goals on 19 shots in a loss to the Jets in his last start and was 2-1-0 despite having a 4.68 GAA and .865 SV% in January. He will face the Blue Jackets for the first time since allowing six goals on 21 shots in October.
Bolland does not expect to play on Saturday, listed as day-to-day.
Bolland will alert the Maple Leafs when he is ready to play, but he does not anticipate that will be tomorrow vs. Montreal. Bolland is definitely nearing a return, but we likely won't see him until Monday at the earliest. Monitor his status following Saturday's morning skate.
Despite surrendering five goals on 35 shots (2 SHG) in a 5-4 OT loss to the Tavares-less Islanders on Thursday, the Maple Leafs will turn to Bernier again on Saturday in a huge divisional clash with the Habs. Bernier did not look comfortable after the long layoff, which might be why head coach Randy Carlyle is going right back to him.
Bernier stopped 32 of 33 shots in a win over the Canucks before the break. He won five of his last six starts heading into the break and hopes to pick-up where he left off tonight vs. the Islanders. In two starts vs. the Isles this season, Bernier is 1-1-0 with a 3.03 GAA and .902 SV%, however this time around there will be no John Tavares.
van Riemsdyk (undisclosed) did not skate again today, but has been cleared to play Thursday.
Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle said that he expects van Riemsdyk to play on Thursday after being cleared medically on Wednesday. JVR has not skated with the Leafs since returning from the Olympics. In Sochi the line of JVR-Pavelski-Kessel was the USA's most dangerous in the preliminary round, the Leafs hope that JVR and Kessel will be able to bring that back with them as they get back underway tomorrow. van Riemsdyk has 24 goals and 23 assits (47 points) in 38 games this season.