Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews Out ‘Day-To-Day’ With Harm, Will Miss Recreation Towards Jets
The NHL’s main scorer will likely 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 harm that head coach Sheldon Keefe mentioned is “comparable, however not the identical” because the hand/wrist harm 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 harm and see if may 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 harm that had lingered at numerous 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 because of contract tracing. After yielding a detrimental take a look at, Robertson rejoined his teammates for the morning skate.NylanderWilliam Nylander may return to the Leafs lineup quickly. The crew confirmed that they’re ready for yet another detrimental take a look at earlier than the ahead can be part of his teammates on Friday.Nylander may play as quickly as Saturday when the Leafs head to Vancouver to tackle the Canucks within the first recreation of a five-game highway 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 will likely be as much as Will and the way he is feeling.”Nylander will miss his fifth recreation after getting into quarantine because of publicity to a attainable COVID-19 constructive case with an in depth contact exterior of the crew.Nylander has 13 objectives and 17 assists in 39 video games.Andersen skatesToronto 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 factor and again on the ice is extraordinarily encouraging for us.”Andersen hasn’t performed a recreation since Mar. 19. He was later positioned on long-term injured reserve when the crew made area 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 highway journey, however they’re going to must release some money earlier than activating the goaltender. Based mostly on the present roster building, the removing of a participant or two must be sufficient to activate Andersen. Gamers like Robertson and Sabourin could be assigned to the taxi squad and Marlies, with out the chance of waivers.Leafs signal AmirovThe 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 15th choice within the first spherical of the 2020 NHL Draft.Along with his KHL season full, Amirov will be part of the Marlies and Maple Leafs growth program after his visa and quarantine information 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 carried out a superb job guiding Rodion’s growth as a participant thus far and we’re excited to work very intently with them by means of the summer season and into the long run,” Dubas mentioned in a press release.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.