The Toronto Maple Leafs will once again be without prized rookie Mitch Marner on Tuesday night when they take on the Winnipeg Jets.
The officially placed him on injured reserve Tuesday morning retroactive to Feb. 15. He suffered an upper body injury that night against the Columbus Blue Jackets when he took an awkward fall into the boards and has not played since.
With Marner placed on IR, the Maple Leafs made a corresponding roster move to recall forward Frederik Gauthier from the the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
Gauthier, a first-round draft pick (No. 21 overall) by the Maple Leafs in 2013, has spent most of this season with the Marlies where he has one goal and five assists in 26 games. He has also played 18 games for the big club, scoring two goals and an assist. He last played for the Maple Leafs on Jan. 31. He was skating on the team’s fourth line between Matt Martin and Nikita Soshnikov at the morning skate.
With 48 points in 56 games Marner is still the second leading scorer on the Maple Leafs, just one point behind No. 1 overall pick Auston Matthews. Even though he is out tonight he will still be eligible to return on Thursday night when the team takes on the New York Rangers. Toronto has briefly fallen out of a playoff position in the Eastern Conference, sitting one point behind both the Florida Panthers (third spot in Atlantic Division) and Boston Bruins (second wild card spot).
Dvorak, Coyotes put Ducks in early hole with slick goals (Video)
The Arizona Coyotes’ happy thoughts are mostly centered on the future. Christian Dvorak possibly being more than a guy who put up nice junior numbers with Matthew Tkachuk and Mitch Marner could fuel some really nice thoughts.
He’s been red-hot in February, in particular, including a goal already tonight as the Coyotes raced off to an early 2-0 lead against the Anaheim Ducks.
Check out that smooth play for his 10th goal of 2016-17:
Again, he’s been on quite the roll lately.
February: nine points (and counting?) in nine games
Rest of the season: 13 points in 45 games
He only had one assist in 12 January contests, so this outburst is even more unexpected than the Coyotes racing off to this lead.
Interestingly, the Coyotes two goals looked awfully similar, at least in the finish:
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without star rookie Mitch Marner for both of their games this weekend, coach Mike Babcock announced on Saturday.
Marner was listed as “day-to-day” with an apparent shoulder injury on Friday after he had to exit Wednesday’s game against Columbus after crashing into the boards.
He will not be in the lineup on Saturday night when the team hosts the Ottawa Senators, or on Sunday night when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes. Babcock is hopeful Marner will be able to return for Tuesday’s home game against the Winnipeg Jets. With Marner sidelined you should look for Auston Matthews to spend more time playing on a line with William Nylander.
While Matthews has received most of the attention in Toronto this season, Marner has been right there with him offensively and is actually the leading rookie scorer in the NHL with 48 points in 56 games. His 48 points are also tops on the Maple Leafs.
This is the play that injured Marner.
The Maple Leafs enter the weekend in the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with 63 points, one point ahead of the New York Islanders. They are also just one point behind the Boston Bruins for the third playoff spot in the Atlantic Division while also still having two games in hand.
Marner day-to-day after crashing into boards Wednesday
The Florida Panthers lost starting goalie Roberto Luongo late in Wednesday’s game against the San Jose Sharks.
Luongo came out of the game after Sharks forward Joe Pavelski scored the game-tying goal with 38 seconds left in the third period.
Backup James Reimer entered the game in Luongo’s place and he stopped both shots he faced before the Panthers won the game in overtime. Reimer played just 2:16, but still ended up getting credit for the win.
After the game, head coach Tom Rowe said Luongo was dealing with some cramps and that he’d be “fine” going forward. So it sounds like the Panthers dodged a bullet there.
The news seems to be a little tougher for the Maple Leafs and rookie forward Mitch Marner, who exited last night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
In the second period, Marner tried to separate Boone Jenner from the puck, but he lost an edge and crashed into the boards awkwardly (top). Marner got up right away and skated toward the Leafs bench before heading off to the locker room.
The Leafs ended up losing 5-2 and after the game, head coach Mike Babcock had no update on Marner’s upper-body injury.
Marner is expected to be evaluated by team doctors on Thursday – an off-day for the team. His status for a pair of weekend games at home to the Senators on Saturday and on the road in Carolina on Sunday isn’t likely to be known until the team returns to practice on Friday.
Obviously the loss of Marner would be huge for the Leafs’ playoff aspirations. Playing most of the season on a line with veterans Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk, the 2015 first-round pick has had a sensational start to his NHL career.
His 48 points and 33 assists through 56 games leads the team and is tops among all NHL rookies. Marner leads Toronto and all NHL rookies in both points (48) and assists (33).