In an a quick update on the Toronto Maple Leafs biggest stories heading into their match-up with the Winnipeg Jets, there’s news on Auston Matthews nagging wrist injury, talk about William Nylander’s recent production and a status update on goaltender Jack Campbell and forward Wayne Simmonds.
Matthews’ Wrist Still Bugging Him
It’s easy to see that Matthews is still being hampered by a wrist injury that kept him out of two games versus the Edmonton Oilers last week. Chris Johnston of Sportsnet says that “You can see that, really it’s still bothering him a little bit.” He adds:
“Sheldon Keefe mentioned that they’ve had to move him around on the power play, you’ve seen him more drifting towards the bumper spot because shooting for Auston just isn’t as comfortable as it would be normally.”
Johnston also notes that this is why his scoring tear prior to the injury has dried up here.
Matthews said, “I’m still trying to find my rhythm”. He added, “Physically my legs, lungs and everything feels fine, it’s just about getting my timing back.”
Thornton Praises Nylander
Despite some up and down play from forward William Nylander this season, Thornton likes what he’s seeing now. He says he’s been competing really hard and says his work away from the puck has been great.
Thornton adds that Nylander was a bit banged up and was playing through some things, but that he’s dialed in now.
Dubas Gets 100 Wins
The Maple Leafs earned their 100th regular-season win since naming Kyle Dubas general manager on May 11, 2018 (100-57-19, 219 points). There’s been lots of talk about the job Dubas has done this season and while he was critiqued in the past for the way he was constructing such a frontloaded roster, it’s certainly fair to give credit where it’s due this season.
We mentioned earlier this week that there’s lots of talk about what Dubas might do in the week’s leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline and it will be a real test to see if he can put the right pieces together to send this team on a long run.
News and Notes from Leafs Practice
Wayne Simmonds got his cast off and is back on the ice, while Jack Campbell is looking better but is still listed as day-to-day.
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