Matthews (shoulder) skated with his team Thursday, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports. This marks the first time he's done so since sustaining the injury in an Oct. 27 contest against the Jets. This is a sure sign of progress for Matthews, though he still isn't expected to return until late November if the initial recovery timeline holds up. The Maple Leafs have won four of the last seven games without the 2016 first overall pick, as John Tavares has amassed nine points over that span.
Matthews (shoulder) was back on the ice ahead of Monday's practice, shooting pucks while being observed by team trainers and Toronto's assistant athletic therapist, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports. It's been a little over a week since news broke that Matthews would miss at least four weeks total with a shoulder injury that he sustained in an Oct. 27 contest against the Jets, when defenseman Jacob Trouba checked him hard into the boards. As far as we know, he's still on track for a late November return, but Matthews being able to shoot so early in his recovery is obviously a good sign.
Matthews (shoulder) will not require surgery to repair his injured left shoulder, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports. Perhaps the only silverlining for fans and fantasy owners is the fact that Matthews didn't re-injure the same shoulder that cost him a month of the 2017-18 campaign. The world-class center was off to a strong start to the season, as he racked up 10 goals and six helpers in 11 games. The 21-year-old will look to continue rolling when he returns to action in late November.
Matthews (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Monday and will miss a minimum of four weeks. Matthews has recorded 16 points in 11 games but was scoreless in his last four. With Matthews on the shelf, John Tavares seems like the logical choice to absorb most of his minutes and on-ice responsibilities. Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs must continue trying to coax William Nylander (contract dispute) back to Toronto as they prepare to be without Matthews for the next four weeks (and quite possibly longer).
Matthews will have his injured shoulder examined Monday and will not play Monday night against the Flames, Kristen Shilton of TSN reports. Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said the team should have an update on Matthews after Monday's exam. The earliest he could return is Thursday against the Stars.
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