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Game Journal: Game 36 - Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

by Chris Lund / Toronto Maple Leafs

5:15 PM: James Reimer updated his health ahead of tonight's game in Pittsburgh.

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On his injury:
Not bad, but it was one of those things where I woke up and took a look and things didn't quite feel right so we're erring on the side of caution.

On the ice condition last night:
Yeah, we noticed -- I don't know if something burst or something but in warmups it seemed pretty slushy out there but they did a good job of fixing it for the most part. We were pretty impressed as players how good the ice was compared to how it was in warmups.

Did the ice condition contribute to your status tonight?
I have no idea, I don't think so. I'm sure we can all speculate and stuff but I don't think that was an issue.

How disheartening is this to you?
It's tough. I said last night I went to bed with a smile on my face because I was really looking forward to playing tonight. It's just not quite in the cards. I'll be ready to go any day here.

Is it a major or minor thing right now?
I'm not worried about it, I think it's probably just a couple more days.

5:00 PM: UPDATE - James Reimer experienced tightness following his appearance against the New York Islanders and will no longer start tonight's game against the Penguins.

Jonathan Bernier will start tonight's game vs. the Penguins while Antoine Bibeau has been recalled on an emergency basis to back up in goal.

3:30 PM: James Reimer gets the start tonight in Pittsburgh. In his career against the Penguins, Reimer has started six games. In that span he is 4-0-2 with a 2.27 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and one shutout.

In his last start on Dec. 3, Reimer took the loss in a 1-0 decision against the Minnesota Wild. He made 27 saves to post a .964 save percentage in the process.

Reimer stopped all six shots he faced in relief of Jonathan Bernier on Tuesday night.

3:15 PM: Here is how the Leafs lined up last night against the Isles and how Pittsburgh is expected to look tonight.

Toronto Maple Leafs

40 Grabner - 43 Kadri - 47 Komarov
21 van Riemsdyk - 42 Bozak - 15 Parenteau
26 Winnik - 24 Holland - 19 Lupul
23 Matthias - 56 Froese - 28 Boyes

51 Gardiner - 3 Phaneuf
2 Hunwick - 44 Rielly
52 Marincin - 46 Polak

34 Reimer
45 Bernier

Pittsburgh Penguins

14 Kunitz - 87 Crosby - 43 Sheary
57 Perron - 71 Malkin - 72 Hornqvist
23 Wilson - 13 Bonino - 81 Kessel
11 Porter - 7 Cullen - 16 Fehr

3 Maatta - 58 Letang
8 Dumoulin - 12 Lovejoy
28 Cole - 6 Daley

30 Murray
37 Zatkoff

3:00 PM: The Maple Leafs return to action and wrap up a back-to-back tonight in Pittsburgh when they take on the Penguins.

The Leafs are coming off a 6-3 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday night. Goals from Brad Boyes, P-A Parenteau and Shawn Matthias provided the offence, while Jonathan Bernier took the loss in goal, making nine stops. James Reimer will get the start in Pittsburgh after stopping all six shots he faced in relief on Tuesday.

The Penguins last played on Sunday, dropping a 1-0 decision to the Winnipeg Jets. Jeff Zatkoff stopped 27 of 28 shots but the Penguins couldn't solve Connor Hellebuyck of the Jets who earned the shutout. Matthew Murray will get the start against the Leafs. He has a 2-1-0 record with a 1.68 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in three starts.

Stay tuned for projected lineups and comments from the Leafs.

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