March 23rd, 2018

Leafs’ Auston Matthews says he’s feeling better, but no timetable for return

By The Canadian Press on March 13, 2018.

Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews says he’s feeling “better every day,” though he continued to practise in a non-contact jersey Tuesday.

Matthews hasn’t played since injuring his shoulder after being sandwiched between two checkers late in the Maple Leafs’ 4-3 shootout win against the visiting New York Islanders on Feb. 22.

Toronto has gone 2-2-2 in the six games without Matthews.

While Matthews told reporters Tuesday he’s improving, the 20-year-old offered no sense on when he will return to game action.

The Maple Leafs play three games this week: Wednesday against Dallas, Thursday at Buffalo and Saturday against Montreal.

Matthews has 28 goals and 22 assists in 53 games this season.

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