The Toronto Maple Leafs will turn to Garret Sparks in Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Blues.
The 22-year-old became the first goaltender in Leafs history to record a shutout in his NHL debut, but he came crashing right back down to earth in Wednesday’s 6-1 loss to the Jets.
James Reimer was in goal for Thursday’s 1-0 loss to Minnesota, but according to coach Mike Babcock, the Leafs’ starter re-aggravated his injury and will miss the next two games.
The Leafs only play two games over the next 10 days, so there’s no point in rushing Reimer back this time.
Jonathan Bernier, who pitched a shutout in the first game of his AHL conditioning stint, will stay with the Marlies for the full 10 days.
The Blues will counter with Jake Allen.
-One of the NHL’s best, Braden Holtby, will get the start in Winnipeg. The Jets have yet to name their starter just yet, but they could turn to rookie Connor Hellebuyck in this one. He has a 2-0-0 record with a 1.00 goals-against-average and a .958 save percentage this season.
–Semyon Varlamov will get the call for the Avalanche. He’s coming off a 24-save performance in a win over the New York Rangers earlier this week. The Wild are planning on going with starter Devan Dubnyk, but that could change if his wife gives birth at some point today.
–Ben Bishop will look to continue his dominance on the Lightning’s west coast road trip. The Sharks have yet to name a starter.