FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2018 file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) skates between Los Angeles Kings left wing Alex Iafallo (19) and Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto. Matthews is expected to miss at least four weeks because of a shoulder injury. The team says on Twitter the 21-year-old center will be placed on injured reserve Monday, Oct. 29. Matthews was injured early in the second period Saturday, Oct. 27 during Toronto's 3-2 victory over Winnipeg. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Leafs' Auston Matthews out 4 weeks with shoulder injury

October 29, 2018 - 12:24 pm

TORONTO (AP) — Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews is expected to miss at least four weeks because of a shoulder injury.

The team says on Twitter the 21-year-old center will be placed on injured reserve Monday.

Matthews was injured early in the second period Saturday during Toronto's 3-2 victory over Winnipeg. Defenseman Jacob Trouba delivered a clean shoulder-to-shoulder check as Matthews tried to cut in front of the net.

Matthews skated to the bench, favoring his left side before heading to the locker room with training staff.

Toronto coach Mike Babcock said after the game that Matthews would miss Monday's game against Calgary. Teammates said after Sunday's practice that Matthews was in "good spirits."

This month, Matthews became the third player in NHL history with seven straight multipoint games to start a season. He is tied for second in the league with 10 goals.

Matthews missed 20 games during three separate injury absences last season, including a 10-game stretch toward the end of the schedule with a separated right shoulder. He still managed to finish second on the team in goals (34) and points (63).

With Matthews out, No. 3 center Nazem Kadri has been reunited with wingers Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau — a trio that had much success in the second half of last season.

The newly formed line of John Tavares, Zach Hyman and Kasperi Kapanen rounds out Toronto's top-six forward group entering the game against Calgary.

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