Maple Leafs Hit With More Injury Troubles

The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced they will be without defenseman Jake Muzzin and forwards Zach Hyman and Joe Thornton for Monday's game against the Calgary Flames. There's certainly a chance all three miss multiple games. 

Muzzin's injury, the Leafs hope, is only going to be for a week or so as they await the word from team doctors. Meanwhile Hyman who missed one game with a bone bruise came back on Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens and got hammered with another shot in what looked like the same foot. 

As for Thornton, the veteran missed some time with a rib injury and came back to light it up with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. His absence is certainly a hit to the team's top line but could give head coach Sheldon Keefe a chance to take a look at some other left-wingers in the role. This could be a great opportunity for Ilya Mikheyev to step onto the first-line and produce.

Expect the Leafs to slot defenseman Travis Dermott into a top-4 role while Muzzin is out, which is a great chance for the young defenseman to showcase his worth to the franchise.

Photo credit: Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire 

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