The Toronto Maple Leafs have been surprising folks all season long. They managed to grab the no. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference, but even then were not taken seriously as contenders. Heading into Game 7 against the Boston Bruins, it’s becoming more and more clear that this team is for real.
And so is their goaltender. After a season in which James Reimer struggled to maintain his health and then had a hard time maintaining any sort of consistency once he did return from concussion issues. Which left his status as the future of the Maple Leafs’ crease up in the air.
Through all of the speculation this season, and all over those Roberto Luongo rumors, Reimer has remained steady. He’s split time with Ben Scrivens, so he hasn’t had to shoulder the load that many goaltenders have carried, but the results have been very encouraging.
His overall numbers during the regular season were along the lines as some of the best in the league. He finished with a very good .924 save percentage and a 2.46 goals-against average. His four shutouts were tied for the second most in the league.
During the postseason, though, we’ve seen Reimer really break out for the Maple Leafs. Locked in a low-scoring series against their division rivals, Reimer is one of the only reasons that the Leafs are even heading to a Game 7. He’s been fantastic.
He’s been absolutely peppered with shots during this series against the Bruins, having not faced a total less than 37 up until Sunday’s Game 6. The 237 shots he’s faced total are more than any other goaltender so far in these Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The last two games, both of which have been wins for Toronto, are where he’s really stepped up. He’s allowed just one goal in each tilt, allowing just that pair on 72 shots faced.
If the Maple Leafs continue to get goaltending like this from Reimer, they may not only advance past the first round, they can make a serious run into these playoffs. Regardless, it’s starting to look like Reimer has re-gained ahold of that “goaltender of the future” label that he used to have.