Monday against Dallas, James Reimer gave the Leafs something they haven’t had much of this season — good goaltending.
Reimer stopped 43 of 44 Stars shots, allowing Toronto to beat one of the NHL’s hottest teams by a score of 4-1.
He’ll get another chance tonight against Winnipeg, after Leafs coach Mike Babcock said Reimer “absolutely” earned a second straight start.
“If you’re him, you want to play every night, so to me you play good and you get to start the next game and you make sure you play good again and you get the start after that and you just keep going that way,” Babcock told reporters.
Reimer’s previous three starts had been less than stellar, as evidenced by his overall save percentage of .908, which is still slightly better than Jonathan Bernier‘s .899.
Ondrej Pavelec will start for the Jets. He’s 3-3-1 with a .919 save percentage.
— Brian Elliott will make his first appearance in the Blues’ net since Oct. 24. Jake Allen has started the last four games, including last night’s 3-0 loss to the Kings. Corey Crawford will go for the Blackhawks.