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How Injured Is Maple Leafs Auston Matthews: Will He Play on Monday?

Last week we learned that Auston Matthews has had a wrist injury all season. He didn’t play Saturday. Will he be able to play Monday night?

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It’s hard to say in these days of NHL hockey. But are at least a couple of hints suggest that Auston Matthews, who missed Saturday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, might not be ready to play in tomorrow’s game either.

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Reports from Today’s Maple Leafs Practice in Edmonton

Reports from the Maple Leafs’ practice today in Edmonton are that Matthews’ wrist injury impeded his ability to practice fully. He participated in Sunday’s practice, but he didn’t participate fully. For example, he didn’t engage in the line rushes. 

Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs
Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs

TSN’s Maple Leafs’ writer Kristen Shilton tweeted that Matthews had progressed. She reported that “he’s not ruled out” for tomorrow’s game; but, he obviously isn’t ruled in either.

Matthews Participated in Practice, But Not Fully

According to a TSN article today, Matthews was an extra on Sunday. He did skate, but he didn’t take any hard shots.

Head coach Sheldon Keefe reported that Matthews “progressed here today compared to where he’s been over the last couple days so that’s positive.”

Keefe added, “He’s not ruled out for tomorrow. He was limited [in practice], he wasn’t on a regular line or doing all the drills.”

If Practice Defines Game Action …

If what happens in practice translates to what happens during the game, the Leafs PR released this tweet.

No Decision Yet: Are the Maple Leafs Just Being Cautious?

Obviously things could change for the positive. There’s a chance Matthews will play if he emerges from Monday’s morning skate feeling good enough to go. However, even if he did, would the Maple Leafs err on the side of caution? They do maintain a relative “cozy” position in the standings.

There’s a possibility the organization would give him another day of rest and healing. That’s a decision I would likely make if I were the coach. I wouldn’t risk my franchise player in this situation. Instead, I’d think longer-term for the season.

Marner & Matthews (without his ‘stash)

Still, it’s a game-time decision. What we don’t know is (a) how injured Matthews’ wrist is (b) or the inclination of the Maple Leafs’ organization.

We’ll see what they are thinking in less than 24 hours.

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