The Toronto Maple Leafs head into the game against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night having won six of the past eight games. The Maple Leafs thought they would get forward Trevor Smith back in the lineup, but he had a setback this week in his recovery from a broken hand.

"Trevor Smith is not available," Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "Not the hand, if you can believe it. He hurt himself in the weight room. So we thought we'd have him available, but two days ago he came up with an ailment from a post-practice workout."

The Maple Leafs held an optional morning skate and only James Reimer was on the ice. That means Jonathan Bernier gets the start against the Panthers. Bernier made 40 saves in a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

"He's so athletic, he's so quick," Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner said about Bernier. "You saw that save the other night. He just came across so quickly I think the whole building was shocked he saved that puck. It's stuff like that that really puts him apart from other goaltenders."

When the Maple Leafs last faced the Panthers on Dec. 17, Scott Clemmensen stopped 28 out of 29 shots on the way to a 3-1 victory. Clemmensen was first off at the Panthers' morning skate and will get the start.