Bernier made 19 saves Saturday in a 4-2 loss to Washington. He struggled early in the game and then again in the second to relinquish the lead. The are many adjectives to describe his game, but none of them are very good. Bernier is a shell of the guy who impressed as a backup in L.A. -- cripes, he still hasn't gotten a win this season. His confidence was crumbled and that makes him a horrible fantasy play, at least for now.
Bernier will be in the crease as Saturday's home starter against the Capitals, David Alter of National Post reports. Bernier heads between the pipes with James Reimer (undisclosed) unfit to play. It's been a forgettable season for Bernier thus far, as he hasn't won in eight starts and his rate stats (3.17 GAA, .895 save percentage) are hard to stomach.
Bernier gave up four goals on 30 shots in Sunday's loss to the Rangers. It was a disastrous night for Bernier, who was beaten from center ice in the second period, before surrendering the game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation. Considering Bernier has opened up the season with eight straight losses and is still searching for his first win, it is very possible James Reimer pulls away with the starting role at some points this year.
Bernier stopped 26 shots Sunday in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers. He was shaky throughout the game, surrendering juicy rebounds that led to many Ranger chances, including the game-winning goal. He misplayed Derek Stepan's shot from center-ice and the puck went under his pads. And the Mats Zuccarello poked the winner home after Bernie gave up a tater in the slot off a Ryan McDonagh bomb from the point. He's coming off injury, but that's no excuse. Bernier simply isn't good enough to be a starter right now.
Bernier will start in the cage Sunday against the Rangers, Jonas Siegel of TSN 1050 reports. Bernier returned to the bench for the Maple Leafs Thursday after a stint on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, and Sunday will mark his first start since the return. The netminder is still searching for his first victory of the season, but he'll face a tough task to get it Sunday against a Rangers team scoring 3.60 goals per game at home this season.
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