Auston Matthews remains in “game-time” decision mode as far as his playing status goes. The Leafs’ star centre repeated that phrase again Friday, when asked if he will play in Saturday’s game in Montreal. “It will probably be a game-time decision, yes ...” Matthews, who is nursing a lower body injury. “I’m still taking it day to day, there’s no decision yet.” Matthews practised with the team Friday, his second full practice this week, but there’s no strong indication he will play Saturday, and end his four-game absence. “Your feel for everything is coming back, but I’m still a ways off from where I was at,” said Matthews, who has not played since Nov. 6. “Obviously, not skating in a game sets you back as far as your conditioning. You play at a fast pace and I’m trying to pick up where I left off.” Leafs coach Mike Babcock said the club’s medical staff will now “take a look at (Matthews) today and tomorrow,” before arriving at a decision for Saturday’s game. Toronto is on a five-game winning streak, with four of those wins coming with Matthews on the sidelines. Babcock, in the meantime, said he will be cheering for Saskatchewan this Sunday when the Argos host the Roughriders in the CFL’s East Division final at BMO Field.
Matthews game-time decision vs. Canadiens
Toronto Star | Nov 18