Leafs' Reimer will likely start in goal Sunday vs. Capitals Staff

3/15/2014 3:07:40 PM

James Reimer will likely start in goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday when they face the Washington Capitals in a rare afternoon game.

Jonathan Bernier left Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Kings with a lower-body injury and was replaced by Reimer, who stopped every shot he faced to pick up the 3-2 victory.

Bernier did not practice on Saturday and the club recalled netminder Drew MacIntyre from the AHL's Toronto Marlies.

Head coach Randy Carlyle said Bernier got treatment on Saturday and a decision will be made about whether he'll need an MRI.

"We don't think it's that severe, but you always want to make sure," Carlyle said Saturday.

Reimer starting on Sunday would mark just the third time this season he's played in three straight games. His win on Thursday in LA was his first since beating the Colorado Avalanche on Jan. 21 - a stretch of more than 50 days between victories.

"You can work on stuff in practice but to get in a groove, you got to get in there on multiple nights; feel the game, feel the flow," said Reimer.

Also absent from Saturday's practice was defecneman Dion Phaneuf. The team captain has been dealing with "bumps and bruises" missing a practice for "maintenance" last week and is now dealing with a bad case of the flu.

Carlyle called Phaneuf "probable" for Sunday's game in Washington and expects him to get an IV for fluids.