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Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews to play Saturday

Jan 3, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (34) warms up before playing the St. Louis Blues at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Maple Leafs star forward Auston Matthews said he will be back in the lineup Saturday night when Toronto faces the Boston Bruins in a road showdown between the Atlantic Division’s top two teams.

Matthews missed the past two games — a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday and a 2-1 win against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday — with an injury he declined to discuss.

“I don’t think I really need to get into specifics,” Matthews said Saturday. “I think it’s just something that’s kind of been nagging me for a little bit. It’s definitely been fine to play through and stuff. I think it just kind of ramped up a little bit and so just wanted to get it to calm down. Feeling much better, so looking forward to playing and getting in tonight.”

Matthews hasn’t played since Sunday, when he scored a goal on a third-period power play in a 6-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers.

“We’re lucky to have a good team of staff here and they’ve done a lot of work so like I said, it feels much better. I feel ready to go,” he said.

Matthews, 25, has 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) in 41 games this season.

–Field Level Media