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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.