TORONTO (AP) Toronto star forward Auston Matthews was held out of the Maple Leafs’ game Sunday night against the Edmonton Oilers because of an upper-body injury.
Matthews was originally listed as a game-time decision, with Mike Babcock saying at the morning skate that the 20-year-old forward was: ”One of those guys with bumps and bruises.”
Matthews took an accidental hit to the head from teammate Morgan Rielly with 2:50 remaining in the third period of a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. He stayed on the bench and played two more shifts prior to the end of the game.
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Matthews also missed four games in early November with an upper-body injury. He has 13 goals and 13 assists in 26 games.