Matthews skips Leafs practice

Matthews skips Leafs practice

Auston Matthews was absent from the ice Tuesday morning as the Leafs practised following their win Monday over Las Vegas.

The Leaf centre was a game-time decision for the Vegas game, but felt well enough to play.

“Just a little bit of soreness, and I was fine to play (Monday). I think you’re never really feeling 100 per cent, but I felt good enough to play and I felt good enough to contribute.”

Matthews’ comments to the media Monday night came only after a lengthy, post-game treatment.

The Leafs recalled Fredrik Gauthier from the Marlies and had him practising with the team Tuesday. Kasperi Kapanen was loaned to the Marlies.

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With Matthews away, the Leafs’ lines for Tuesday’s practice shaped up as follows:

Connor Brown-Tyler Bozak-Mitch Marner

Leo Komarov-Nazem Kadri-William Nylander

James van Riemsdyk-Patrick Marleau-Zach Hyman

Matt Martin-Dominic Moore-Josh Leivo

The Leafs next play Wednesday night at home against the Minnesota Wild.


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