Reimer surrendered three goals on 25 shots in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Blackhawks. Reimer let leads of 2-0 and 3-2 slip away Thursday, but Jesper Fast's goal in the final minute of regulation was enough for the Hurricanes to win. The 33-year-old Reimer can thank his offense for his 14th win in 19 appearances this season. He's posted a 2.71 GAA and a .905 save percentage. With a back-to-back versus the Stars on Saturday and Sunday, Reimer is likely to see at least one start, but it remains to be seen if Alex Nedeljkovic or Petr Mrazek (thumb) would get the other.
Reimer will guard the road net in Thursday's game versus the Blackhawks, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports. Petr Mrazek (thumb) is closing in on a return, so Reimer needs a strong game to help make his case for future starts because Alex Nedeljkovic has been so impressive. Reimer has posted a .922 save percentage and a 5-1-1 record over his last seven appearances. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks have won three of their last five games despite averaging just 2.2 goals.
Reimer made 19 saves in a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday. Reimer and Alex Nedeljkovic have been splitting time in the blue paint. The latter had won the previous two games, so Optimus Reims needed to come up big. He played OK -- he started slowly and had allowed two goals by the 5:41 mark of the first period. Reimer stabilized his game soon after, but probably found it hard to stay sharp with his team dominating the Bolts' best players and the play heavily weighted toward Andrei Vasilevskiy. But a win is a win and the Hurricanes are roaring with gale force velocities. Reimer is a solid activation when he's in the blue paint.
Reimer will defend the home goal in Saturday's game versus the Lightning, Cory Lavalette of the North State Journal reports. Alex Nedeljkovic has taken the last two starts -- both wins -- but Reimer will get a chance to reclaim some playing time Saturday. The 33-year-old netminder has recorded a .929 save percentage and a 4-1-1 record over his last six appearances. This is a tough draw, though, as the Lightning lead the league with 3.61 goals per game.
Reimer turned aside 29 of 31 shots Saturday in a 3-2 shootout loss to Columbus. Reimer and the Hurricanes led 2-1 in the final minute of regulation but Columbus defenseman Seth Jones scored on a wrister from the right circle on which Reimer appeared to be screened. The only other goal Reimer allowed during regulation time was an Oliver Bjorkstrand bank shot from below the goal line that went in off the body of Carolina defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Reimer is winless in has last two starts, dipping to 12-4-1 with 2.68 GAA and .909 save percentage.
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