After losing their first two games of the season by a combined score of 9-5, the Toronto Maple Leafs found some life on Sunday.

They somehow managed to pull a rabid rabbit of their collective hat, hammering the New York Rangers 6-3 and walking away with their first win of the young season. The win wasn’t perfect, however: concerns over the health of back-up goaltender James Reimer re-ignited after he was knocked out of the game when Rangers forward Dominic Moore made incidental contact with his head.

Fortunately, it appears Reimer is fine and should see a second straight start tonight. He’s earned it.

What concerns await the Leafs tonight?

1) Who gets the start?

As mentioned, the start should go to Reimer assuming he’s healthy enough to play. Reimer saved the Leafs’ bacon during the early part of Sunday’s contest before the offence took over and chased perennial all-star Henrik Lundqvist from the game.

Oct 12, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Lee Stempniak (12) scores on Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (34) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Having said this, head coach Randy Carlyle has a clear preference for Jonathan Bernier, who started in the team’s first two games of the season. Reimer’s lone start on Sunday probably stemmed from the fact the Leafs were playing in the second half of back-to-back games. Otherwise, I’m sure Carlyle would’ve returned to Bernier despite the Laval, Quebec native’s early season struggles.

In fact, the …read more