The Toronto Maple Leafs are just trying to find a hot hand in net, and will rotate back to James Reimer tonight as they head into Buffalo to take on the Sabres. This is the third straight game where Toronto has flipped it’s goaltending, but that shouldn’t be too surprising given the outcomes of the last two contests.
James Reimer expected to start tonight in Buffalo.
— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) November 29, 2013
Reimer was last in net on Monday when he was torched for six goals by the Columbus Blue Jackets. He had a .714 save percentage on the evening as the team dropped a 6-o decision. Not surprisingly, the Leafs went with Jonathan Bernier on Wednesday when they faced the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Things didn’t go much better for Bernier though, and he gave up five goals on nearly 50 shots. Toronto lead the contest 4-1 at one point, and then the Penguins seemingly kicked into high gear to storm back and win in the shootout.
So now Reimer is back in goal to face the Sabres. Buffalo isn’t known for being able to produce a whole lot of offense, but neither is Columbus. While Bernier gave up five goals on a boatload of shots, Reimer only saw 21 against the Jackets and still gave up six. He’ll try to bounce back this evening against the worst offensive team in the NHL.