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Mike Komisarek #8 and Ben Scrivens #30 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate a victory during the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on November 3, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. The Maple Leafs defeated the Blue Jackets 4-1. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

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Ben Scrivens and Cody Franson are in.

Jonas Gustavsson and Luke Schenn are out.

Despite the fact that his team has gone 4-1-0 in its past five games, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson will shuffle his lineup a little bit for Saturday's game against the Boston Bruins.

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Scrivens, the team's third-string netminder, will get his second straight start after shining in a 4-1 in Columbus on Thursday as Gustavsson sits despite playing much better of late.

"I guess [it's]gut feel," Wilson said of why he went with Scrivens against the defending champs. "I want to see how he responds with two games in a row. I'm confident he'll get the job done. That's all it was."

Schenn, meanwhile, will miss his first game of the season as a healthy scratch, making way for Franson to get into his fourth game of the season.

Franson was minus-3 in his last game, two weeks ago, in a 6-2 loss in Boston.

"We're giving Luke a break from a game much like we did with Mike Komisarek," Wilson said. "Since Mike's taken the game off, which happened to coincidentally to be the Bruins [in that Oct. 20 loss] he's plus nine in the seven games and has played very well. We're hoping that Luke can just kind of reset himself and at the same time this gives Cody an opportunity to jump into the lineup and play some."

"I'll just try and go out there and make my presence known and have a good night," Franson said. "The rest is out of my hands."

The game is a big one in particular for Scrivens, who makes his home debut at the Air Canada Centre and has flown in his parents, older brother and two close friends from his hometown of Spruce Grove, Atla.

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The Leafs have high hopes for him after signing him out of Cornell, and Scrivens put up outstanding numbers in the ECHL and AHL last season, posting a .938 save percentage in the E and .924 in the A.

That's why many believe he could be another James Reimer, especially given their playing style and willingness to work with goalie coach Francois Allaire. (The Goalie Guild has a breakdown on Scrivens here, including the tidbit that he may have "higher upside" than Reimer due to his skating ability.)

My sense is the organization is moving towards a situation where Reimer and Scrivens will be their 1A and 1B goaltenders next season once Gustavsson's contract expires. Because he has a one-way deal, however, Gustavsson's sticking around until then and will have to show he's a better option than Scrivens.

Scrivens, however, isn't looking at Saturday's game as a chance to stay in the NHL full time.

"That's looking really far ahead for me," he said. "I try to go one shot at a time. To think about anything other than tonight's game is a little bit foolish on my part."

It's safe to say that many watching the game, however, will be thinking about just that.

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Leafs projected lineup

Lupul - Connolly - Kessel MacArthur - Grabovski - Kulemin Lombardi - Bozak - Crabb Rosehill - Steckel - Brown

Gunnarsson - Phaneuf Liles - Komisarek Gardiner - Franson


Bruins projected lineup

Lucic - Krejci - Horton Marchand - Bergeron - Seguin Caron - Kelly - Peverley Paille - Campbell - Thornton

Chara - Boychuk Seidenberg - Corvo Ference - McQuaid


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