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Auston Matthews Injured: Toronto Maple Leafs Star To Miss At Least 4 Weeks

Maple Leafs forward, Auston Matthews, injured his left shoulder on a play with Winnipeg Jets defenseman, Jacob Trouba, and now it appears Matthews will miss at least four weeks.

The team reevaluated Matthews and determined that he would miss at least a month and will be placed on the injured reserve. Matthews spoke to the media about how frustrating his injuring is, and how hard he is going to work to get back to being healthy as soon as possible.

The Maple Leafs wouldn't reveal the type of injury that Matthews sustained, only that it's significant enough that he needed to be placed on the IR.

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Matthews sustained the injury in a collision with Trouba on a play in front of the Jets' net this past Saturday. After the collision, Matthews immediately was hunched over holding his shoulder grimacing in pain.

He then went straight to the dressing room and didn't return to the game. Head Coach, Mike Babcock, stated Saturday night after the game that Matthews wouldn't practice all weekend, and that he would be ruled out for Monday night's game against the Calgary Flames.

It looks like Matthews will be able to avoid surgery on his shoulder. The injury appears to be less significant than last season when he separated his right shoulder. Matthews missed 20 games last season with that injury.

Fortunately for the Maple Leafs, they went 11-7-2 without Matthews last season. This time around, they have John Tavares to lean on until Matthews returns. Nazem Kadri will slide up to the second line in Matthews' place.

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It's very unfortunate for the Maple Leafs to lose Matthews after the hot start to the season he has had. Matthews has ten goals and 16 points in eleven games so far this season. He also leads his team in those same categories.

Matthews currently sits fourth in goals and eighth in points among the league leaders. He will surely be missed by his teammates and coaches. But, the Maple Leafs still have one of the best offenses in the league even without Matthews.

The team will need Kadri and the rest of the second line to pick up the production lost without having Matthews in the lineup.

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