Maple Leafs News: William Nylander Update Before Game 1

With Game 1 of the Toronto Maple Leafs/Boston Bruins first-round series just hours away, there was still no sign of William Nylander Saturday morning. 

The two-time 40-goal winger was not at the Leafs optional morning skate after missing practice on Friday. At that time, head coach Sheldon Keefe called him only a "possibility" for Game 1. But after being absent from the ice again Saturday morning, it's not looking extremely promising. 

Insider Chris Johnson offered a little more information on when this new issue cropped up for Nylander, who seemed to be fine as the Buds finished off the regular season earlier in the week.

Johnson reports that Nylander "woke up Thursday in discomfort", and it was a new issue, not anything that he had been playing with as the season wound down. 

Both Nylander and top-six forward Bobby McMann are looking very questionable for Saturday night's season-opener, as the latter was also absent again Saturday morning after being hurt a week earlier. 

Nylander finished the regular season with 40 goals and a career-high 98 points, while McMann broke through as a reliable contributor with 15 goals and a plus-13 rating in 56 games, most all of it in the season's second half. 

Needless to say, those two will be missed by the Leafs if they are unable to go, as Toronto will need all hands on deck if they are to depose of their arch-nemesis the Bruins. 

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