Whether it be on the ice or in the trainer’s room, 2015-16 has been one throbbing pain in the you-know-where for Jonathan Bernier.

Incoming coach Mike Babcock has given Bernier every opportunity to snatch the starting goaltending job on a team that has been thirsting for a dominant puckstopper dating back to the days when Eddie (The Eagle) Belfour was strutting his stuff between the pipes for the Maple Leafs up until 2006.

Unfortunately for the personable Bernier, it hasn’t worked out that way.

In each of his first two starts — against the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings respectively — Bernier was beaten on the first shot he faced in the game, putting the offensively-challenged Leafs in a cavernous gully right from the get go. That’s how the young season has gone for Bernier, who has made the most appearances (seven) of any NHL goalie to have not yet recorded a victory.

Now, he’s absorbed another shot in a delicate spot, this one taking place off the ice.

On Thursday the Leafs placed Bernier on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 31, due to a lower-body injury. That means he will not be available when the Leafs face off against the Red Wings at the Air Canada Centre in the annual Hall of Fame game on Friday night, or 24 hours later when Toronto clashes with the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center.

Babcock showed last week that he is not afraid to start a goalie in back-to-back games, having gone to that format with Bernier during clashes with the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins last weekend. Unfortunately for Toronto, Bernier (0-6-1, 3.02) followed up a solid performance in New York with wobbly one in a 4-0 loss to the Pens, claiming afterward that “I’ve got to be better.”

Having suffered the injury in that game, he hasn’t had the opportunity to prove he can be.