Leafs F Marner out minimum 4 weeks


Mike Babcock doesn't know how long he'll be without his best winger.

Marner left Saturday's game against Philadelphia after getting tied up with Flyers forward Carsen Twarynski off a faceoff.

In the highlight - which looks more painful the slower it is played - Marner's left leg kicks out as he falls to the ice, and his right foot is stuck behind. His dad tagged the team, as well as Leafs players Mitchell Marner and John Tavares. "Mitch is a big part of our team". He is out there in nearly every scenario, whether it be power play or penalty kill, and there are times where it seems he does not have the same confidence and creativity Leafs fans know he is capable of. I think that's a little positive you can take. While at the time of this writing there has been no confirmed lineups coming into Sunday's game, we can nearly guarantee Kapanen will remain on that line (although I'd personally love Mikheyev there). Marner's injury comes just as Zach Hyman is preparing to make his return from off-season surgery to fix the ACL in his right knee.

Nylander had a goal and an assist, Travis Dermott also scored for Toronto and Frederik Andersen made 30 saves. "Guys are playing a lot more, in a lot more situations than they would".

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It doesn't get much better than that. "So a good opportunity for us that way".

Regardless of the absence of Marner, I thought the Leafs offence played pretty well last night, especially the Matthews line.

Marner has four goals and 14 assists in 18 games this season.

It seems critical that the Maple Leafs receive some contributions from the Tavares line at 5-on-5, or risk continuing to chase games as they have over the last four. "They got the second point and we didn't".