Wounded in the Maple Leafs' 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night in Toronto, Mitch Marner will not be on Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks. In fact, there is currently some uncertainty about the health of the Leafs forward.
"I do not know the seriousness of the injury, if it will take a few days, weeks, or more," said Toronto coach Mike Babcock after the game. His comments were reported by the NHL.com website.
"But it's no use being negative. It will give an opportunity to someone else. "
Marner injured his ankle in the second period when he stumbled on Carsen Twarynski's stick after a faceoff. Unable to skate afterwards, he retired to the bench with the help of his teammates. He tried a return later, but without success.
"Obviously, it hurts to see something like that," said Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott. But it was nice to see guys help him like that. It's the only thing that's positive; it shows how close we are (…) He tried to replay even though it seemed painful. I have a lot of respect for him and I hope he will be ok. It's a huge piece of our team. "
"It's not something we want to see happen," said Leafs captain John Tavares. It is so important for the team. He has a very significant role and he makes excellent games. It's not ideal, but I think the group responded well in his absence and we had opportunities to win the match. We hope it's nothing serious and it will come back soon. "
The Ontario squad will face the Blackhawks on Sunday night in Chicago and play their next game against the Islanders in New York on Wednesday.
Marner has amassed 18 points (4 goals and 14 assists) in 18 games this season. He is the second best scorer for the Maple Leafs, behind Auston Matthews (21 points).