Reimer looking forward to facing Jets

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:06 PM ET

TORONTO - Manitoba's James Reimer will be between the pipes for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night when they entertain the Winnipeg Jets at Air Canada Centre.

The Morweena native, who is in his first full year as the Leafs' No. 1 netminder, is looking forward to the contest.

"It'll be fun to play a team from Winnipeg," Reimer said after the morning skate. "It almost feels more like I'm playing the Thrashers, because that's how I know all the guys. I played them a couple times last year. So the nostalgic feeling maybe isn't as much as some would think, but to play the team from back home, it'll be a lot of fun.

"I know there's going to be a lot of people watching, and a lot of friends and family especially, so hopefully we can put on a good show."

The Jets are 1-3, while the Leafs are 3-0-1.

Winnipeg, which attracted a bigger-than-normal media throng for a visiting team to Toronto, will start Ondrej Pavelec in net. Pavelec was outstanding on Monday night in Winnipeg's 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Forward Evander Kane, who missed Monday's win with a lower-body injury, will draw back into the lineup, while Winnipeg native Derek Meech will make his Jets debut on the blue-line in place of Ron Hainsey (upper body).

Jets defenceman Mark Stuart said the Jets should be more relaxed after beating the Penguins on Monday night for their first win of the season.

"It's nice to have that done and just concentrate on playing," Stuart said.

The Jets will conclude their two-game road trip on Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators.


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