Matthews scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season Sunday against Vegas, but lost 6-3. After missing six games, Matthews has returned without missing a beat, scoring four goals in four games. Defensively, the Leafs weren't very good, but Matthews' line managed to finish the game with a positive plus-minus. Injuries have hurt his production a little this season, but he's still on pace to score 40 goals this season. If he accomplishes that feat, he'll be the first player since Alex Ovechkin to notch back-to-back 40-goal seasons in their first two seasons in the NHL.
Matthews scored the game-winning goal and added an assist Saturday in a 3-2 victory over the Rangers in his return to action after missing six games to concussion symptoms. Is there any doubt this guy is one of the league's best? Matthews looked like he'd never missed a shift, let alone six games. He's back on the board, so get him in your lineup. Now.
Matthews (concussion-like symptoms) will return to the lineup against the Rangers on Saturday, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports. It'll be interesting to see how Matthews looks after missing the past six games, though one would think that he'd be better than most even at less than 100 percent. The prolific second-year center is averaging a point per game this season to complement a pair of game-winning goals and six points on the man advantage.
Matthews (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's road game against the Rangers, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports. The showstopping sophomore told reporters that he experienced "normal concussion symptoms" following his collision with teammate Morgan Rielly in a Dec. 9 contest against the Penguins; he's been out ever since, spanning six games. Toronto has four road games left on the docket before the calendar flips to 2018, and there have been rumblings that Matthews will return for at least one of those matches -- if not as soon as Saturday against the Blueshirts.
Matthews (upper body) will join the team as it embarks on a five-game road trip, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports. Considering the road trip spans 11 days, it's difficult to peg exactly when the young star will rejoin the lineup for the Leafs. He will need to return to practice ahead of his return; a milestone in the rehab Matthews has yet to meet. The team should also confirm his availability before he returns, giving owners a heads up when that occurs.
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