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Goalie nods: Reimer makes his Sharks debut against the Canucks

Joe Pavelski, James Reimer

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (34) deflects a shot by San Jose Sharks’ Joe Pavelski (8) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. San Jose won 6-2. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


The Sharks acquired James Reimer from Toronto prior to the trade deadline, but he’s yet to make an appearance for his new team. He’ll finally make his Sharks debut in Saturday’s game against the Canucks.

“It’s good,” Reimer said on Friday, per the Mercury News. “You want to get going, you want to contribute to what they’ve got going on here.

“I just try to use my size to my advantage and get hit by pucks and maybe open the car door and scramble a bit to keep it out on second and third chances.”

Here’s Reimer’s new mask:

The Sharks were concerned about over-working starting goalie Martin Jones throughout the regular season. The team lost confidence in former backup Alex Stalock which meant that they had to lean on Jones more often than they wanted to.

Reimer’s arrival should allow Jones to get a few more nights off between now and the start of the postseason.

The Canucks will start Jacob Markstrom.


--Joni Ortio will be between the pipes for the Flames. He’s looking for his first win of the 2015-16 season. The Penguins will counter with Marc-Andre Fleury.

--Pekka Rinne is expected to be between the pipes for Nashville. Calvin Pickard will make his second consecutive start for the Avs.

--The Ducks and Kings haven’t announced their starters, but expect John Gibson to go up against Jonathan Quick.

--After getting a night off on Thursday, Mike Condon is back in goal for Montreal. The Jets will start Ondrej Pavelec.

--The Blue Jackets have yet to name a start. The Flyers will have Steve Mason in goal.

--Eddie Lack will be between the pipes for the ‘Canes. Expect the Bolts to counter with Ben Bishop.

--With Craig Anderson on the shelf, the Senators will start Andrew Hammond in goal. The Maple Leafs will go with Jonathan Bernier.

--Philipp Grubauer will get the nod for the Capitals. The Bruins haven’t confirmed their starter, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see them go with Tuukka Rask.

--Look for Roberto Luongo to play for the Panthers. The Coyotes will turn to Louis Domingue in this one.