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Leafs star Matthews to miss tonight's game against Wild with lingering injury

Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews (34) and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) shake hands after the Washington Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first overtime period of game six in an NHL Stanley Cup hockey first-round playoff series in Toronto on Sunday, April 23, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews (34) and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) shake hands after the Washington Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in the playoffs in April 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

TORONTO – The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without star centre Auston Matthews when they host the Minnesota Wild tonight.

Leafs coach Mike Babcock confirmed that Matthews is out day-to-day with what the team calls a lingering “upper-body injury.”

Matthews will miss a game for the first time in his career.

His status was up in the air after he missed Tuesday's practice.

Matthews has 10 goals and nine assists in 16 games for Toronto this season.

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