Leafs coach Ron Wilson said the team will decide this morning who gets the start in net against the Capitals. Vesa Toskala was pulled after one period when the Leafs met the Capitals in the second game of the season and hasn't had a home start since Oct. 10.
But Gustavsson has emerged as the tentative No. 1 and Wilson said he wasn't discouraged by the rookie Swede's performance in Thursday's shootout loss to Carolina.
That was Gustavsson's first real experience with a shootout, by the way, and it may have shown given he was beaten easily by both 'Canes shooters.
"I think I had been in a shootout situation in pre-season games (in Sweden) but not in regular-season games," Gustavsson said yesterday. "It's a little bit different but I think it's good for the fans too."
The generally unflappable goaltender said he hasn't been bothered by the scrutiny of playing in one of the more intense hockey markets in North America.