TORONTO — There's a query concerning the standing of Auston Matthews for the second recreation in a row.
The Toronto Maple Leafs heart was a game-time determination Monday, and he performed, contributing a powerful rush to arrange one aim within the Four-Three shootout win over the Vegas Golden Knights.
After he missed apply Tuesday morning, there was uncertainty about his standing for the sport Wednesday towards the Minnesota Wild on the Air Canada Centre.
The Wild are coming off a 5-Three loss to the injury-depleted Boston Bruins on Monday that led the Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau to say: “It’s just like the Keystone Kops on the market. Guys that know find out how to play hockey aren’t taking part in very effectively.”
Minnesota (5-6-2) has three wins in its previous seven video games. Toronto (9-7-Zero) has two wins in its previous seven video games.
Matthews is claimed to have some “soreness,” and he was to bear checks on Tuesday afternoon.
“We’re in a holding sample right here,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock mentioned. “Whenever you first have one thing incorrect with you, you need to know what it's first, and a giant a part of that's the psychological aspect. You are worried, then as soon as you realize what it's, you possibly can both play by way of it as a result of it’s no large deal or you will get it fastened after which get it feeling higher.
“He was advantageous (towards Vegas). He was not as dominant as he usually is. He didn’t have the identical form of energy or no matter you need to name it, however we’ll see.”
Matthews had remedy earlier than speaking to the media after the sport Monday.
“It’s been lingering somewhat bit after which form of got here again in that St. Louis recreation (a loss to the Blues on Saturday),” he mentioned. “It’s just a bit little bit of soreness. It was advantageous to play tonight, although. …
I believe you by no means actually really feel 100 p.c. I felt adequate to play and felt adequate to have the ability to contribute tonight. You all the time need to do issues higher, however ultimately, we obtained two factors.”
Matthews, who has 10 objectives and 9 assists, has not missed a recreation since beginning his NHL profession final 12 months, a complete of 104 video games.
The Maple Leafs are taking part in the second or three video games in a row at house after a 1-Three-Zero highway journey. The Wild are taking part in the second of 4 right away video games after a Three-Three-Zero homestand.
Boudreau was not proud of the way in which the journey began in Boston.
“We weren’t very aggressive,” he mentioned. “The primary two intervals, that was in all probability probably the most embarrassing two intervals I’ve been concerned with in numerous groups. (Boston) was doing nothing within the first 10 minutes. After which, we give them two objectives, and we give them life. After which unexpectedly, we sit again and don’t do something. It’s embarrassing.”
With the Bruins main Four-1, Devan Dubnyk was changed within the Wild aim by Alex Stalock for the third interval. Stalock possible would be the beginning goaltender towards Toronto.
“It’s disappointing,” Wild heart Eric Staal mentioned after the sport Monday. “It’s going to be as much as us to search out our manner out of it. … We get one other likelihood Wednesday (in Toronto). There’s numerous (video games) developing right here, so we’ve obtained to search out it fast.”
The Maple Leafs made two strikes on Tuesday, sending proper winger Kasperi Kapanen, 21, on mortgage to their Toronto Marlies affiliate within the American Hockey League and recalling heart Frederik Gauthier.
Gauthier, 22, had two assists in eight video games with the Marlies. He had two objectives and an help in 21 video games with the Maple Leafs final season.
Kapanen had no factors in three video games with the Maple Leafs and three objectives in six video games with the Marlies.
The Maple Leafs additionally loaned heart Eric Fehr, 32, to the San Diego Gulls of the AHL from the Marlies. Fehr had no factors in 4 video games this season with the Maple Leafs earlier than being despatched to the Marlies on Oct. 28.