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Maple Leafs' Reimer expects to play Saturday: report

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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer wasn't on the ice Wednesday after leaving practice early Tuesday because of injury, but said he plans to practice Friday and start Saturday against the Washington Capitals, according to TSN in Toronto.

Reimer, who has started the past 11 games for the Maple Leafs and is fourth in the NHL with a .934 save percentage and seventh with a 2.07 goals-against average, told Sun Media his injury was to his lower body.

"It's not a guarantee because anything could happen or whatnot, but should be good to go for the weekend," Reimer told TSN.

Coach Mike Babcock didn't seem overly concerned with the severity of the injury.

"Lots of these injuries that happen in practice you get scared … and then you get off and you find out it's not as bad," Babcock told TSN.

The Maple Leafs have four days off between games. Reimer made 26 saves Monday in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins.

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