The NHL’s main scorer might be out of the lineup when the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Winnipeg Jets at Scotiabank Enviornment on Thursday.
Auston Matthews is day-to-day with an damage that head coach Sheldon Keefe mentioned is “comparable, however not the identical” because the hand/wrist damage that compelled him to overlook three video games earlier within the season.
“We’re not anticipating it to be one thing that is going to carry him out for lengthy,” Keefe mentioned.
Matthews was the primary participant to hit the ice for the crew’s morning skate however promptly left earlier than the session began.
Keefe confirmed that Matthews took the ice to check out the damage and see if might play.
As soon as Matthews, left the ice, ahead Adam Brooks swapped his extras jersey for a bottom-six white jersey, signalling the change to the lineup.
The 23-year-old has 32 objectives in 40 video games this season. He missed three video games with a wrist damage that had lingered at varied factors through the yr.
Matthews leads Colorado Avalanche ahead Mikko Rantanen by six objectives within the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy.
With Matthews out of the lineup, the ahead traces underwent a little bit of an overhaul. John Tavares moved as much as middle the highest line with Alex Galchenyuk and Mitch Marner. Alex Kerfoot moved as much as the second line to middle Ilya Mikheyev and Zach Hyman. Pierre Engvall moved as much as the third line to middle a line with veterans Joe Thornton and Wayne Simmonds. Brooks centered the fourth line with Nick Robertson and Jason Spezza.
On Thursday, the Leafs introduced that Robertson had been positioned on the crew’s COVID-19 protocol on account of contract tracing. After yielding a adverse take a look at, Robertson rejoined his teammates for the morning skate.
William Nylander might return to the Leafs lineup quickly. The crew confirmed that they’re ready for yet another adverse take a look at earlier than the ahead can be part of his teammates on Friday.
Nylander might play as quickly as Saturday when the Leafs head to Vancouver to tackle the Canucks within the first sport of a five-game street journey.
“Actually, we’re simply going to see how he’s when he will get on the ice and the way he feels,” Keefe mentioned of Nylander. “In the end, it is going to be as much as Will and the way he is feeling.”
Nylander will miss his fifth sport after coming into quarantine on account of publicity to a attainable COVID-19 optimistic case with an in depth contact outdoors of the crew.
Nylander has 13 objectives and 17 assists in 39 video games.
Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen skated with goaltending coach Steve Briere earlier than the crew’s morning skate on Thursday. It was the primary time he had been seen skating, though Keefe mentioned it wasn’t the primary time that the injured.
“It was superior to see him on the ice, he is a large large a part of our crew,” ahead Zach Hyman mentioned. “To see him again in his component and again on the ice is extraordinarily encouraging for us.”
Andersen hasn’t performed a sport since Mar. 19. He was later positioned on long-term injured reserve when the crew made house to accumulate injured ahead Riley Nash and purchase different gamers like Nick Foligno, David Rittich and others.
Keefe says Andersen will be part of the crew on the upcoming street journey, however they’re going to have to liberate some money earlier than activating the goaltender. Based mostly on the present roster building, the removing of a participant or two ought to be sufficient to activate Andersen. Gamers like Robertson and Sabourin will be assigned to the taxi squad and Marlies, with out the chance of waivers.
Leafs signal Amirov
The crew introduced on Friday that they signed ahead Rodion Amirov to a three-year, entry-level deal.
Amirov was chosen by the Leafs with the fifteenth choice within the first spherical of the 2020 NHL Draft.
Together with his KHL season full, Amirov will be part of the Marlies and Maple Leafs growth program after his visa and quarantine data are met.
The deal begins subsequent season and based mostly on Leafs GM Kyle Dubas’ feedback, Amirov will possible proceed to develops profession with Ufa of the KHL subsequent season.
“Ufa has executed a superb job guiding Rodion’s growth as a participant up to now and we’re excited to work very carefully with them by the summer season and into the longer term,” Dubas mentioned in an announcement.
The 19-year-old skated in 39 video games within the KHL final season with Salavat Yulaev the place he recorded 9 objectives and 4 assists.