The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to snap a five-game losing streak tonight when they take on the Dallas Stars, and they’ll turn to Jonathan Bernier to do it. He’ll get the start for Toronto as he tries to pick up his first victory since November 19. He’s been solid despite the losses, and the Leafs are hoping that he’ll boost them to a win with a solid game.
Jonathan Bernier starts tonight against Dallas.
— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) December 5, 2013
Bernier has been in a pretty even time share with incumbent starter James Reimer all season long. The former Los Angeles Kings backup has 18 starts while Reimer has 13. While Toronto has been struggling to pick up wins lately because of injury issues and some inconsistent play, Bernier’s stats are still solid.
He’s 8-7-2 on the year and posses a .929 save percentage to go along with a 2.44 GAA. While the goals against average could stand to fall a bit, the save percentage is alright and gives Toronto a chance to win each and every night.
Toronto plays a back-to-back series this weekend against the Ottawa Senators (Saturday) and Boston Bruins (Sunday), so regardless of how Bernier performs it’s likely that he’ll be back in net again within the next few days. There’s no clear-cut No. 1 guy for the Leafs at this juncture of the season, and that doesn’t seem likely to change any time soon.