Auston Matthews scored his 28th of the season but suffered a shoulder injury with 1:06 to play in the third period Thursday night in a 4-3 shootout win over the Islanders at ACC. Mastthews has missed 10 games this season due to an upper body injury and concussion. He has 28 goals and 22 assists in 53 games played. Leafs coach Mike Babcock didn’t didn’t give a specific date of return but said Matthews is out for a bit and is day to day. Babcock said “We always tell you day to day and that usually means 10 and we go from there. As fast as we can get him back and ready to play and healthy, that’s what we’ll do.” At the Maple Leafs morning skate Babcock addressed the media and praised Team Canada’s performance and said he was proud of the bronze medal at the Olympics in Pyeongchang. The Buds have won 3 in a row and take on the Boston Bruins in an “Original 6” battle at 7pm Air Canada Centre. Toronto (38-20-5) is in third place in the Atlantic Division, one point behind the second-place Bruins, who have five games in hand, and four points behind the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning, who have two games in hand. The Vegas Golden Knights continue to surprise everyone in their inaugural season setting many records including the most points and most home wins for an expansion team and lead currently lead the NHL with 86 points.
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