Saturday, December 3, 2011
James Reimer back in Leafs lineup
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- When the Boston Bruins host the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night at TD Garden, the visiting club will get a major lineup boost with goaltender James Reimer returning from injured reserve to man the pipes.
Reimer began the season with a 4-0-1 record but suffered a head injury while playing against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 22 and has not played since.
Toronto coach Ron Wilson informed Reimer on Friday that he would start against the Bruins. After the Leafs' morning skate at the Garden, Reimer said he's ready.
"You bet I am," he said. "I'm excited and I'm excited to get back in the net. It's been a long time since I've been out there, so I'm really excited about tonight."
Reimer was placed on IR with what the team officially called "whiplash" after suffering a hit to the head from Montreal's Brian Gionta.
Reimer's agent, Ray Petkau, told ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance that Reimer had not been diagnosed with a concussion.
Saturday's game will conclude a home-and-home series after Boston beat the Maple Leafs Wednesday night in Toronto, 6-3. The Bruins have a 3-0 record against the Leafs this season and Reimer hopes he can be the difference.
"This year, they've played well against us," Reimer said. "If you look at last year, we played well against them. So far this year they've had our number and I respect them as a team, a really good team. Kudos to them but we have a lot of faith in here and hopefully we can beat them."
It's likely Reimer will face Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas (12-4-0).
Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. Information from ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun was used in this report.