It looks like it will be Ben Scrivens’ job to get the Maple Leafs a win over the red-hot Penguins on Thursday night — a victory that will help end some deja vu jitters among Leaf Nation that the 18-wheeler is heading over the cliff again.

Scrivens replaced a struggling James Reimer late in Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Jets in Winnipeg.

It might not be the only lineup change. Injured winger Joffrey Lupul is ready to play after missing 24 games with a broken forearm and defenceman John-Michael Liles could leave the press box after being a healthy scratch for the past 12 games.

All Leaf blueliners except Dion Phaneuf were at the optional skate so whatever changes Carlyle is planning likely won’t be clear until the pre-game skate.

Not only will Scrivens be asked to stop a mini three-game slide but he’ll have to do it against the NHL’s hottest team.

It was around this time last season when the Leafs went into total free fall from a playoff spot leading to former GM Brian Burke saying it was like a big rig crashing off a bridge. They would end the season with just two wins in their final 17 games after a playoff spot seemed all but certain and finished 13th in the East.

It’s not quite that bad yet this year but with 21 games left, the Leafs grip on their first post-season trip in seven season is looking a little more precarious.