|Reimer making one of his 49 saves tonight en route to|
his second consecutive shut out
Reimer struggled earlier this season after returning from an neck injury, or as the doc calls it "not a concussion", and found himself on the bench for a good chunk of last month. He was given his an opportunity to take back his crease in two important games to close out this week. One against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night, and again tonight when the Leafs squared off with the Senators. He was perfect in both games and with the two victories the Leafs has jumped up to 60 points, eight games above .500. For the Leafs to finish with 93 points on the season, a number many suggest will be necessary to make the playoffs, they will only need to go 11 games above .500, only 3 games above .500 for the rest of the season. If you pro-rate the current Leafs winning percentage over an 82 game season they are on pace for almost 95 points.
The Leafs have a busy few weeks ahead of them. They have four games in six nights next week. Monday they host the Edmonton Oilers, Tuesday it's Winnipeg on the road, Thursday they head into Philadelphia and Saturday they come back home to welcome Montreal. Then, after two nights of rest, they will be embarking on a western Canadian road-trip that starts with back to back games in Calgary and Edmonton and ends in Vancouver on the 18th of February. Of those seven games, only two of them are against opponents with a better record than the Leafs, the Flyers and the Canucks.