Maple Leafs' Sparks out at least 3 games, Bernier to start Saturday

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It's Jonathan Bernier's time in Toronto, for better or worse.

The winless goalie will be pressed into action Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings after it was determined that Garret Sparks will be out until after Christmas with a lower-body injury suffered Thursday.

With James Reimer progressing but not ready to return from his own injury, and Antoine Bibeau the only backup, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock has no choice but to start the struggling netminder.

In 11 appearances this season, Bernier has posted a record of 0-8-3 with a woeful .883 save percentage.

Forward Nick Spaling, who also suffered an injury Thursday, is on the same recovery timeline as Sparks.

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Maple Leafs' Sparks out at least 3 games, Bernier to start Saturday
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