Giguere in net as Leafs face Panthers

Giguere said he is not concerned about tweaking the injury again. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI AGENCY)

Giguere said he is not concerned about tweaking the injury again. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI AGENCY)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:36 PM ET

FORT LAUDERDALE - A playoff race does not seem like the ideal time to shake off weeks of accrued rust.

But thats exactly what Maple Leafs goaltender J-S Giguere will have to do Thursday night against the Florida Panthers after watching rookie James Reimer start the past 13 games including a crucial 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday in Raleigh.

Having battled groin and hip problems all season long, Giguere is pumped about getting the call to start again. He did step in in relief of Reimer in the third period of Mondays 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Air Canada Centre.

Im looking forward to it, Giguere said. This is a fun time of year, especially the way weve been playing.

Giguere said he is not concerned about tweaking the injury again.

I know where Im at with it Giguere said. I understand whats going on and Im comfortable with the situation.

Coach Ron Wilson bristled when he was asked if Reimer was getting fatigued.

Im sick of hearing that, Wilson snapped. (Cam Ward) has played I dont know how many games, 63 games. Hes not tired, but Reimer is?

If I dont play Reimer, Im an idiot, so lets leave that rest. Reims isnt tired.

Indeed, expect Reimer to be back between the pipes on Saturday when the Leafs host the Boston Bruins at the ACC.

Entering the second leg of back-to-back games, the Leafs did not have a morning skate on Thursday. With Mike Komisarek out with a lower body injury, Brett Lebda is expected back in the lineup on the blueline.

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