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article imageLeafs' James Reimer to start against Red Wings over Bernier

By Marcus Hondro     Oct 17, 2014 in Sports
It appears that the Maple Leafs will be going with the hot glove hand tonight and starting James Reimer for their game against the Red Wings in Toronto. Reimer was in the 'home goal' at practice this morning, a strong indicator he's in net tonight.
Editors Note: the Leafs did start Reimer but he suffered his first loss of the season, falling 4-1 to Detroit. Toronto looked listless and were never really in the game.
The 26-year-old Leaf veteran has won both of his two starts this season, the last two Leaf games, 6-3 in New York against the Rangers and 3-2 over the Colorado Avalanche at home. Bernier, the team's number 1 goalie coming into the season, looked shaky in losing his two starts, the first two Toronto games of the season.
It seems likely that Bernier will play the second half of the home-and-home series with the Wings in Detroit on Saturday night.
Toronto is traditionally a hotbed of goalie controversy but the two goalies are saying there is no controversy, no feud. “We play a team sport,” Reimer said Thursday. “If you want to worry about yourself, you become a swimmer or a tennis player, you know what I mean? You love this team sport and you want to have success as a team.
"You always want to support the guys who are in and be there for them.”
For his part Bernier, also 26, who came over from the LA. Kings in 2013, expected competition in the crease. “I knew James was not going to come in here and take it easy,” he said Thursday. “He wants to play as many games as he can so I knew it was going to be a tough battle all year.
"In this league," he added. "If you don’t stop the puck or play well every night, it’s hard to stay in, right? We’re lucky to have two goalies who can play and push each other.”
In other Leafs news, Joffrey Lupul looks to return from injury tonight and Jake Gardiner, a healthy scratch the last two games, draws back into the line-up; the under-performing Stephane Robidas will sit.
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