The Leafs take on the Oilers tonight as the injury bug returns

Good morning Leafs Nation!

Sheldon Keefe confirms Auston Matthews it OUT tonight for #Leafs vs. Oilers. Upper body soreness. Day-to-day.
Joe Thornton has a rib fracture, will miss at least a month.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) January 22, 2021

What a great start to the day.
The Injury Bug
The big story for tonight’s game is the fact that two-thirds of the teams top line is out for tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers. Auston Matthews is day-to-day with upper body soreness and Joe Thornton is out for at least a month with a rib fracture suffered last game. Nick Robertson is also on the shelf and was recently moved to LTIR, suggesting his injury might be a little more serious than initially thought.

Leafs are 20-12-2 without Auston Matthews, per @StatsCentre.
Date Injury AbsenceOct 2018 Shoulder 14 gamesFeb 2018 Shoulder 10 gamesDec 2017 UBI 6 gamesNov 2017 UBI 4 games
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) January 22, 2021

Rising to Occasion
On Wednesday, the Leafs post-game was filled with talks about how they focused “too much” on their game-plan of shutting down Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. They felt as a result, it took away from their offensive game. Sheldon Keefe won’t have his shutdown line intact tonight. …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation