EDMONTON — The Maple Leafs will be without star centre Auston Matthews when they take on the Edmonton Oilers Saturday.
Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe says Matthews won't play due to a wrist injury that he's been dealing with for much of the year.
Matthews has 31 points (18 goals, 13 assists) in 20 games for the Leafs this season.
Toronto (15-4-2) will get some other key pieces back in the lineup — forward Joe Thornton returns from a lower-body injury, defenceman Jake Muzzin slots back in after missing two games with a facial fracture and goalie Jack Campbell is available after dealing with a leg injury.
The Leafs currently sit atop the all-Canadian North Division, but the Oilers (14-8-0) are just four points back.
Saturday's game kicks off a three-game series between Edmonton and Toronto.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 27, 2021.