The Toronto Maple Leafs may have goaltender James Reimer back as early as Thursday, but with the excellent play of Ben Scrivens in his absence there is no reason to rush him back onto the ice if he isn’t fully healed. Reimer has been out since Feb. 11 with an MCL injury he suffered in that evening’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Scrivens has started seven straight games for the Leafs, recording two shutouts and four wins.
In the three losses Scrivens has suffered, the Toronto offense has scored two or fewer goals in support. When Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak are scoring it doesn’t seem to matter who is between the pipes. Reimer missed a significant amount of time last season with a concussion, and its is vital for his future that the Maple Leafs are sure he is fully healed before sending him back into a game. Scrivens is now 6-5-0 with a 2.17 goals against average and a .928 save percentage and will get the start tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. The Maple Leafs face the New York Islanders on Thursday.
Reimer was 5-3-0 before the injury while seeing a 60-40 split ahead of Scrivens. Look for the team to use something closer to a 50-50 split the rest of the season now that Scrivens has proven he can get the job done. There may have been a lot of questions about whether or not the Leafs could be a postseason contender with their young goaltenders but both have answered the call this season with a resounding yes.