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Maple Leafs Injury News and Rumors: Matthews, Thornton, Robertson

There is injury news for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the team will be short handed on Friday as they take on the Edmonton Oilers.

There is lots going on for the Toronto Maple Leafs when it comes to news on the injury front. And, most of that news came in a matter of a few days which shows you how quickly things have the potential to change in this odd 2020-21 NHL season. As a result of those injuries, the roster is about to be put into a blender with names like Auston Matthews, Joe Thornton and Nick Robertson out of the lineup.

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Thornton Out For A Month

Joe Thornton suffered a rib fracture in Wednesday’s game versus Edmonton and will miss at least four weeks. He took an awkward hit from Josh Archibald and left the game. He didn’t return and immediately following the contest it was mentioned that he “would definitely miss some time.”

On Friday, it was reported that his injury is serious enough to keep him out for a month. Thornton won’t be leaving the team which Keefe says is helpful as the group tries to move on without him on the ice. “He was in here this morning,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said Friday. He added:

Obviously his presence and his voice is a big reason why we brought him here. We will still get some of those benefits with the life and the energy and the smile that he brings to the rink every day.”

Matthews Won’t Play Friday

Head coach Sheldon Keefe has confirmed that Auston Matthews will not play against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night. The prognosis is that he’s got upper body soreness and is day-to-day.

It’s not clear when he suffered a bump in the game but he played 12 minutes against Connor McDavid, so he’ll be missed in that regard as another player will have to take that key matchup.

Robertson Out Four Weeks

Of course, the Thornton and Matthews news comes after it was revealed that Nick Robertson would miss about four weeks. That was considered “good news” considering it was thought his injury might be more serious.

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So Now What For Toronto?

Keefe says Pierre Engvall, Alexander Barabanov and Adam Brooks will slot in tonight for the Leafs. There were no hints on how the lines with shake out though, other than to say that William Nylander will NOT be moving to centre.

The Leafs (3-2) are tied for second with the Winnipeg Jets in the North Division. Both teams are two points behind the Montreal Canadiens. The Oilers (2-3) are tied for fifth with the Vancouver Canucks but are going to be looking at Friday’s game as an opportunity to get themselves back into the conversation.

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