James Reimer won't use his long layoff from a concussion as an excuse. He won't use his current stuffed-up nose and symptoms of a cold as an excuse.

He'll simply say he has to play better.

"You love to play and you love to win and you love to make saves," Reimer said. "You don't like to lose. I'm hoping I can play a good solid game and get the puck to hit me and give the guys the best chance possible to get a few points."

Reimer will be in net Monday night for the Leafs against the visiting Los Angeles Kings even if all would not appear to be well on the Optimus Reim front.