Matthews will miss Friday's matchup with Edmonton due to an upper-body injury, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports. Matthews is still considered day-to-day, so he could be back in time to face the Flames on Sunday. In five games this year, the 23-year-old center has registered two goals on 27 shots, three assists and 11 hits while averaging 23:24 of ice time. With the elite center unavailable, Alex Kerfoot figures to take on a top-six role alongside Ilya Mikheyev and Mitch Marner while Jason Spezza could move back to center.
Matthews left Thursday's practice session early with an undisclosed issue. Coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters that Matthews, "wasn't feeling great after the game yesterday," per Joshua Kloke of The Athletic. Matthews has been consistently playing over 21 minutes per game through the first five games of the year, so he could be a little fatigued. Still, fantasy players will want to monitor the world-class center's status ahead of Friday's meeting with Edmonton. If he does play, Matthews should continue providing top-end fantasy value considering he has racked up two goals on 27 shots and three helpers in those five contests.
Matthews scored his second goal of the season in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Oilers. The game between two star-studded lineups didn't live up to the hype, but Matthews held up his end with a tally early in the third period that tied the score at 1-1. The 23-year-old has two goals and five points in five games to begin the season, which by Matthews' standards is a little off his usual pace.
Matthews scored a goal and added an assist in a 3-2 victory over Ottawa on Saturday night. The goal came on the power play and stood as the game winner, boosting his performance in specialty formats. It was a one-timer from the high-slot off a tidy back pass from Mitch Marner. The Leafs' top line of Matthews, Marner and Joe Thornton tallied seven points on the night and looks like they're really starting to gel. Matthews is going to be in the Rocket Richard hunt all season long. Use him well.
Matthews has dropped 14 pounds after focusing on flexibility and agility this offseason, reports The Athletic. He went from 224 to a lean 210 and didn't lose any strength or endurance. Matthews transformed his diet and training approach, working with the trainer that transformed Patrick Kane a couple years back. They focused on flexibility and core strength using a mix of yoga, Pilates and other body-weight exercises. Matthews' goal was to reduce injury risk and get more "pop" on the ice. Through camp, he has been dominant. Kane delivered a career-best 110 points the season after he worked with the same trainer, so we're excited to see the next version of Matthews.
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