Auston Matthews has missed Toronto’s first couple of games this week, but his return could be coming this weekend.
Matthews has been out the last two Maple Leafs’ contests. He last played in Toronto’s Jan. 8 game against the Flyers.
The 25-year-old sniper hasn’t been as dominant as he was during the 2021-22 season, however, he still has been a vital part of a Toronto team tied for the second-most points in the league.
The next game for the Maple Leafs comes on Saturday, Jan. 14 against the Bruins, the only club with more points than Toronto in the NHL.
The Sporting News has you covered on the latest injury updates on Matthews.
What is Auston Matthews’ injury?
Matthews’ injury is not known at this point. It has been referred to as an “undisclosed injury”.
In addition, the Maple Leafs center woke up sick on Thursday morning, according to Sheldon Keefe, which also was a factor in his absence against the Red Wings on Thursday, Jan. 12.
ESPN’s Emily Kaplan also reported during the Maple Leafs’ contest against the Red Wings on Thursday that Matthews “has not been 100% this season”, and has been playing through injury.
When will Auston Matthews return?
Matthews is considered day-to-day at this point. His return will be determined not just by his lingering injury, but also if he is no longer feeling ill.
Kaplan said that Matthews is “likely” to return on Saturday, Jan. 14 against the Bruins.
Auston Matthews stats 2022-23
Matthews hasn’t been scoring at the same rate he was last year when he hit 60 goals, but he is still finding ways to produce.
He is tied for second on the team in points along with William Nylander and he is tied with John Tavares for second in goals.
Matthews leads Toronto in power play goals with nine.