Leave it to James Reimer to look on the bright side of an otherwise devastating loss — a 4-3 overtime decision to the Carolina Hurricanes in which the Maple Leafs blew a two-goal lead.

"We ended up getting a point, a really valuable point because teams are so close," said Reimer. "It sucks we didn't win. But we still have a chance to go .500 on the road trip, not in a win-loss per se, but in points. If we win in Winnipeg, we get three out of six."

So off the Leafs go to wintry Winnipeg, with a chance to close off this road trip, and the calendar year, on a winning note.

It'll be a homecoming of sorts, for Reimer, the only player from Morweena, Man., about a two-hour drive from Winnipeg, to make it to the NHL.