|Toronto Maple Leafs' Jean-Sebastien Giguere looks over his shoulder as a third period Buffalo Sabres' goal hits the net. (REUTERS/Doug Benz)
TORONTO - Look for goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere to play Monday against the Atlanta Thrashers and James Reimer to come back Tuesday in Long Island, a rotation that coach Ron Wilson said was the plan even before Reimer suffered his first crushing defeat in his young NHL career on Saturday in Buffalo.
Reimer allowed five goals on 30 shots before getting the hook after two periods. Since Jonas Gustavsson fell from grace and later agreed to a conditioning stint with the Toronto Marlies, Reimer played two games in a row, while Giguere last appeared almost a week ago in a win over Florida.
BOYCE VOICES CONCERNS
Darryl Boyce might have a suggestion for the NHL’s competition committee: Get rid of the hole in the glass that rinkside photographers use.
The Leafs centre suffered a gruesome multiple-stitch cut on Thursday when he face-planted into the window and had his right nostril ripped apart when it caught in the small circular opening.
“No other arenas have it except for the NHL,” Boyce said. “It’s a wonder why it’s even there. Maybe to get pictures for hockey cards? There is no benefit to the safety of the players. It’s one-in-a-whatever chance of getting (something caught) in there, but even that one chance is pretty scary stuff.”
It’s actually essential for newspaper and NHL pictures, especially since the protective white netting took away the only clear field for still cameras.
Boyce also voiced concern that the lensmen are at risk.
“I’ve heard a couple of them have been hit (by pucks and sticks) and that (Anaheim’s Teemu) Selanne won’t leave practice without shooting the puck through it. It’s just one of those things. Thankfully, I wasn’t sidelined.”
HITS AND MISSES
Defenceman Luke Schenn wasn’t sure what to make of the news that his 155 hits led all NHL defencemen at the start of the weekend. Many Leafs have been vocal this season that stats such as hits and giveaways are not consistent rink to rink and could put them in a bad light.
“You might say it evens out at the end of the year,” Schenn said. “Some rinks are more generous than others in hits and blocked shots. It depends who is keeping track. Some places give you a hit, sometimes you might think you have five hits and only get credit for one. You’re not going to complain about it. At the end of the day, you know whether you are being physical or not.”
It will be imperative for the Leafs to get more shots through on Monday against the Thrashers. That club leads the NHL with 900 shot blocks as of Saturday night. “You have to get your head up and try to make a move around them,” Schenn said. “You have to find a way to get shots through and get some bounces in front.” ... The Leafs’ defence had a goal (Francois Beauchemin) and an assist (Schenn) against Buffalo, a welcome sign from an offensively challenged blueline. “You can’t be happy about (Saturday),” Schenn countered. “Yes we had two goals, but we gave up six.” ... Another troubling stat for the Leafs: After the loss to Buffalo, they are 8-18 against teams that played the night before. That includes nine games where Toronto also was in action 24 hours earlier ... All six Leafs coaches were on the ice for practice on Sunday.