• Nate

    Come on man. The leafs are riding the percentages with hot goaltending and Kessel. This is the same Carlyle team and Wilson team that gets consistently outplayed, outshot and has a hot Reimer and timely scoring from Kessel bailing them out.

  • Jerkball

    How many goalies have dragged the Leafs into the playoffs in the last decade? 1, James Reimer. Who was looking over his shoulder that year at the deadline….no, all season, Luongo is coming, wait,no, it’s Kipper? James Reimer, thats who. Who had this sad sack team within an eyelash of the second round? James Reimer. All he’s ever done since coming here is win. He wins with a team that routinely lets 40-50 shots a night. We won’t mention how many times he’s been run, or how RC yanked the rug from beneath him last year, “Reimer was just OK”. Remember that gem? All this team (coaches, mngt) do his crap all over him. Would it kill them to maybe through some praise his way? Who starts in the desert? The experts will say Bernie, I say, after a game like that, he earned the next start. How this guy isn’t in an asylum curled up in the fetal position from shell shock, is beyond me. It’s one thing to get shot at all night, but then to get bombed afterwards, by the coach or some idiot true back up goalie who washed out 15 yrs ago. The humble hero shrugs his shoulders, smiles, “I’m the luckiest guy in the world”!

  • Dominator Cosco

    Best LFR Video Yet! Reimer should be given the opportunity to be the number one. He has carried the team on his back in most games and it was no different last night. Chicago could have easily won that game. I really hope the leafs can manage to keep this tandem together. We don’t need to see a Vancouver like goalie situation to occur.

  • Jerkball

    I’m a bit perplexed about the lack of analytical rigour on this site at times.

    For example, Bozak shooting percentage is above his career average last season and people write books about regression to the mean and just wait until next year and his offence drops off. This season, Reimer’s SV% well above his career average and people talk about how Reimer played well and fail to acknowledge how luck has played factor. [Oh and let’s not talk about his ES SV% which is more reliable judge of goalie performance].

    Crap is crap. Some of these analysts are totally turning me off on these selectively applied advanced stats. I mean why do you expect anyone take these stats seriously if you you abuse them like this to fit whatever narrative you are preaching. At this point, I think it might be wiser to just ignore the work the fancy stat are doing because there are just too many people spreading false truths and stupid narratives.

    • Dominator Cosco

      Lets see, last night his ES SV% was 100. Ya, it must have been luck, talk about bending number to suit your narrative! Yikes. How do you quantify luck? How do you measure it? What is the most important stat there is and ever was? WINS! Reimer wins, in front of some just awful defensive teams. Wins, the new fancy stat. Why would you stay here if you’re unhappy with the stats? Go somewhere else…..Please.

      • Dominator Cosco

        Well I see I have to educate you that small samples can lead to funny conclusions. Besides I wrote career SV% which you deftly ignore. But yep you totally got me there. Good job.

        • Dominator Cosco

          Sample size, ya I don’t know what that is. What exactly is wrong with you? Reimer played great, the Leafs won, just to be sure, that’s a good thing, if you think it was luck and not skill, you’re just wrong. Move along, besides, I thought you didn’t like it here? Just think of what his stats would be like if he played on a good team? Chic or Ana, LA etc.

  • Dominator Cosco

    LOVED your video, spot on! I too feel your REIMER pain, and will never understand. But I really enjoy watching you freak out about it, glad I’m not the only one!!! Intro was AWESOME!!! Go LEAFS Go!!!

  • BubbaLou

    Well let’s see now. Easily the biggest supporter of the “Reimer has a weak glove hand” narrative is Glenn Healy. He brings it up every single night, and should a goal go in on Reimer’s left side – “ah, weak on the glove hand” he says. “League’s got the book on James Reimer – go high glove” he says.

    Here’s a clear-cut case where the eye test – from a guy who watches every game, you figure he’s very good at the eye test – has put a bias into his mind that, as best I can tell, is not supported by ANY stat – fancy or otherwise. The premise is silly – name me a single goalie in the NHL you don’t try going glove on. Find me a stat that shows Reimer lets in an abnormal amount of glove shots relative to his NHL peers. Because, I’m looking at James Reimer too, and I’m watching that third period thinking, “GEE I DON’T KNOW, HEALY, HIS GLOVE SEEMS FINE TO ME”.

    I an neither pro-Reimer or pro-Bernier – I’m happy that not only are our goalies nitpick-the-difference good, we have one of the cheapest duos in the NHL. I do agree with SteveDangle when he says given BUF/CBJ/CHI, going Bernier-Bernier for two cupcake victories into Remier CHI in a B2B for HNIC. Why not Bernier-Reimer-Bernier, given JB’s the one playing more games lately. Whatever, it’s past history, they’re both awesome, go leafs.

  • Dominator Cosco

    HAHAHAH awesome video.

    I agree with you, Reimer is playing great, but I was genuinely worried about you while watching this. Just take a deep breath man!

  • Jerkball

    My bigest concern is can we rely on both booth and lupul, i dont think so. The only logical soloution is too stage a pillow fight between them, whomever doesnt get injured we keep.

  • Jerkball

    Honestly, I can hate on how he plays some nights – but last night you can’t hate him for anything; he played amazing. What I always love about him is his team spirit, he is an amazing individual – can’t take that from him. I want him to be a leaf for the rest of his career because he always brings a smile whilst he is talking.

  • Jerkball

    Honestly, I can hate on how he plays some nights – but last night you can’t hate him for anything; he played amazing. What I always love about him is his team spirit, he is an amazing individual – can’t take that from him. I want him to be a leaf for the rest of his career because he always brings a smile whilst he is talking.

  • Jerkball

    Honestly, I can hate on how he plays some nights – but last night you can’t hate him for anything; he played amazing. What I always love about him is his team spirit, he is an amazing individual – can’t take that from him. I want him to be a leaf for the rest of his career because he always brings a smile whilst he is talking.

  • Jerkball

    Honestly, I can hate on how he plays some nights – but last night you can’t hate him for anything; he played amazing. What I always love about him is his team spirit, he is an amazing individual – can’t take that from him. I want him to be a leaf for the rest of his career because he always brings a smile whilst he is talking.

  • BubbaLou

    The worst part about this narrative is that it’s not JUST from the local MSM. When the leafs were playing the redwings on the 17th of October, the Redwings announcers from FoxSports referred to Reimer as younger and less experienced than Bernier. They called Bernier a “Vet”.

    To be clear: At the time of that game, Reimer had played 142 games, to Bernier’s 120 games. Reimer was born on March 15, 1988, Bernier was born 5ish months later on August 7, 1988. This narrative, I fear, may be league wide.

    I’m not picking sides. This isn’t politics, we’re allowed to like both (and we really should)! What bothers me is that Reimer’s perceived value league-wide isn’t helped much with this narrative. This would all be okay if the narrative was “two strong young goalies, each with their own strengths and upside, platooning the leafs crease for years to come” but instead we have “well Bernier is obviously better, older, more experienced, and therefore, by default, is the Leafs’ incumbent #1 goalie”, which WOULD still be fine if it there was any truth to such claims.

    A similar situation can be seen when Yakupov gets compared to Galchenyuk. I won’t get into it but if you’re curious, read this well written piece:
    http://thehockeywriters.com/what-if-nail-yakupov-wasnt-russian/