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Sports Leafs’ Auston Matthews misses morning skate ahead of game vs. Flyers

21:37  12 december  2017
21:37  12 december  2017 Source:   sportsnet.ca

Slumps just par for the course, as young Leaf stars are finding out

  Slumps just par for the course, as young Leaf stars are finding out CALGARY—If it’s Calgary in 2017, it must be . . . let’s see . . . William Nylander’s turn to experience life in a relative slump. One goal in 17 games, albeit on 40 shots, which if it continued would make him a less dangerous scorer than, say, Roman Polak. Still, if they don’t go in, they’re not going in. Maybe it’s Nylander’s turn to go through a slump because Mitch Marner already did it, and Auston Matthews got his out of the way in his rookie season. They are three of the most successful young players in hockey, but what that really means is that they still play hockey.

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Injured Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews skated for about 20 minutes ahead of Toronto's practice Sunday morning . I do not own any of this footage and

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was not on the ice for the team's morning skate in Philadelphia ahead of their Tuesday night game against the Flyers. https://twitter.com/reporterchris/status/940619988053852160Matthews missed Sunday night's game against the

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while dealing with an upper-body injury, marking the fifth time this season that the Leafs have had to play without the 2017 Calder Trophy winner. Toronto has gone 5-0 in his absence. The extent of Matthews' injury remains unknown as the the Leafs are notorious for keeping medical updates to themselves. The 20-year-old got off to a torrid pace to start the season but injury problems have slowed him down a touch since. In 26 games, Matthews has 13 goals and 13 assists. [relatedlinks]

Five things to watch for with Leafs in second half of season .
Their much needed — and well deserved — four-day Christmas break is over.Now, the Leafs assemble in Phoenix Wednesday to begin a post-Christmas break filled with promise and opportunities.Milestones . . . a home-heavy schedule . . . a chance to reclaim the second overall standing in the Eastern Conference . . . the Leafs can build some benchmark accomplishments over the next month or so and set themselves up for a strong finish to the season.Here are five things to watch for as the team comes out of the Christmas break:40 for Freddie?Goalie Frederik Andersen entered the break with 19 wins, third most in the NHL.

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