Preview and GDT: Panthers at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Leafs TV)

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An interesting picture (that's Smithson in the Panthers jersey).

There is talk Jonathan Bernier will start tonight, which doesn’t make any sense.

It would be five starts out of six for Bernier and in a back to back to boot – note: Bernier was also officially credited with the St. Louis loss – meaning Bernier would be the first of the two to get an extended run of starts for no reason related to actual performance.

Bernier has been below .900 in 7 of his last 10 games. Reimer won his last full game in a shootout after facing 50 shots against Ottawa. SItting him out in a back to back would be a slap in the face. Not sure if it’s related to the St. Louis loss, but the Leafs getting ran over in the first period and leaving players wide open in the slot all period would seem to excuse the goalie from any fault.

We’ll see who is in the net come game time before jumping to further conclusions.

The Panthers are not a push over as they were earlier in the season. They’re rested and have been waiting in Toronto. They’re winners of 5 of their last 6. Starter Scott Clemmensen has been solid in his last two games – wins over Montreal and Washington. Brad Boyes and Jimmy Hayes will each be good for a goal.

Jerry D’Amigo is unlikely to play, but we won’t know who will play in his place until game time. Same deal for any changes on the blueline (even though there shouldn’t be).

The Leafs need this one.

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  • wiski

    Everyone give up already 😉

  • Jmessih

    I watched the skate in the morning and it was brought up in certain places, Reimer took very, very few shots. I said it then, and I’ll say it now. I think Reimer starts

  • Burtonboy

    Not at all confident we win this one. Just hope for the best

  • wiski

    Jmessih Randy keeps having flashbacks of Reims dropping his stick.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Jmessih I think he might still, too

  • BPsotka

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa7q4v_yPuM Lets go Leafs! Chase Thomas and give Reims another win!

  • Cameron19

    I enjoyed both of Kerry Fraser’s articles today. Very much on the money. The one about D’Amigo especially, but also the commentary on Smith’s running of Luongo – should have been treated the same as Kadri, possibly worse.

  • reenergized

    5 -1 leafs, Clarkson with 2 and the only Panther goal deflects in off Dion to give him a three game own goal streak … :)

  • reenergized

    where is everybody? ? ? it’s only 1 hour 15 minutes to game day and there is nobody around ….

  • JR from Halifax

    What’s the word fellas?