Tavares suffered an oblique strain while training for the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia and will be sidelined for approximately four weeks, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. Tavares won't be able to suit up for Team Canada at Worlds, but this injury shouldn't have much impact on his offseason program. The 28-year-old pivot just logged his best season as a pro in his first year with the Maple Leafs, setting career highs in goals (47) and points (88) in 82 appearances, and will remain an elite fantasy option in 2019-20.
Tavares suffered an oblique injury during Team Canada's practice Thursday and will return to Toronto for further evaluation by the Maple Leafs medical staff. At this point there's no reason to believe Tavares' injury is overly serious, but the Leafs aren't going to risk having him exacerbate the issue by remaining in Slovakia for the IIHF World Championship. Another update on the 28-year-old forward's status should surface in the coming days.
Tavares suffered an upper-body injury during Team Canada's practice Thursday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports. The severity of Tavares' injury has yet to be revealed, but it's safe to assume he won't be available for Friday's matchup with Finland at a minimum. More information regarding the star pivot's condition should surface in the coming days.
Tavares won 63 percent of his faceoffs Monday and had a power-play assist in a 3-2 win over Boston. Tavares was matched up against Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron most of the night and did an excellent job negating the Bruins center in the faceoff circle, a discipline Bergeron typically dominates. No 91's assist came on Andreas Johnsson's goal, with Tavares able to find Johnsson with a slick, between-the-legs pass from behind the net before the 24-year-old beat Tuukka Rask with a well-placed backhand shot. The helper gives Tavares three points through three postseason games.
Tavares drew an assist and also scored an empty-net goal in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Bruins in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series. Tavares' assist came on Mitch Marner's first-period goal, which served as the equalizer to Patrice Bergeron's opening marker. Then, the former Islander would cap off Toronto's Game 1 victory with an empty-net goal late in the third, finishing Thursday's win with a team-high six shots on goal as well.
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