TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to avenge a 6-3 drubbing administered on Oct. 11 by the New Jersey Devils when the teams meet again Thursday at the Air Canada Centre.
The question is whether the Maple Leafs will have center Auston Matthews back in the lineup.
Matthews, who has missed three games in a row with an upper-body injury, practiced Wednesday with the team for the first time in more than a week.
"Good to have him back on the ice today," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "I don't know if he's playing (Thursday) to be honest, we'll see tomorrow morning at the skate. Medical guys will tell me what's going on and we'll make our lines accordingly."
Matthews admitted that he is not yet at 100 percent.
"If it's a playoff series, you have to find a way to play, but it's early in the season and it's something you don't want to make worse," Matthews said. "We've been pretty cautious. Been feeling better day by day, that's all you can really ask for." >> Read more
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