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Toronto Maple Leafs
Auston Matthews, Joe Thornton and Jake Muzzin each will be a game-time decision against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, SN, CITY, TVAS, NHLN), coach Sheldon Keefe said Friday.
Matthews did not practice Friday after the center aggravated an injury to his right wrist during a 2-1 overtime win against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.
Thornton, a center, and Muzzin, a defenseman, practiced Friday after each missed the past two games, Thornton because of an undisclosed injury and Muzzin because of an upper-body injury. Muzzin wore a face shield after being hit by a puck during a 5-3 win at the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 20.
Keefe said goalie Jack Campbell is nearing a return from a leg injury sustained during a 3-2 win against the Flames on Jan. 24, and could start Saturday, depending on how he feels earlier in the day. — Mike Zeisberger
Jakub Voracek, Oskar Lindblom and Scott Laughton are expected to play at the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNE, SNO, SNP, MSG-B, NBCSP, NHL.TV) after the forwards practiced Friday for the first time since being placed on the NHL COVID-19 protocol list.
Voracek was removed from the protocol list Thursday; he had been on it since Feb. 11. Laughton and Lindblom each has been in protocol since Feb. 12. They practiced as a line Friday, and coach Alain Vigneault said each appeared well enough to play Saturday.
“Unless something happens now until tomorrow, I would say that they should be in the lineup,” Vigneault said.
Forward Travis Konecny remains on the protocol list. — Adam Kimelman
Linus Ullmark is not expected to play against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNE, SNO, SNP, MSG-B, NBCSP, NHL.TV) or Sunday because of a lower-body injury.
Ullmark left after the first period of a 4-3 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.
“Linus is actually getting pictures taken right at this moment,” coach Ralph Krueger said Friday. “We’re not expecting him to be available over the weekend, but we are hoping it becomes a day-to-day after the weekend.”
Center Jack Eichel, who was scratched Thursday, did not practice Friday and is day to day.
Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen practiced Friday and could play Saturday for the first time since Jan. 31. He was on the NHL COVID-19 protocol list from Feb. 2-16.
“We’re really pleased with what he’s shown yesterday and today, and hopefully we’ll see that again tomorrow morning so we can put him back in the lineup,” Krueger said. “It’s not a given yet, but it’s a high possibility.”