Jake Muzzin didn’t practise on Friday and the Maple Leafs veteran won’t play against Ottawa and the New York Islanders this weekend.
The 33-year-old defenceman is nursing an undisclosed injury.
Muzzin played in three games after recovering from a concussion, but did not play against Buffalo on Tuesday. He was back in on Thursday against Washington and played nearly 16 minutes in the Leafs’ 7-3 win.
“He was feeling good and I would say things flared up a little bit for him,” Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. “As a result, he’s going to take some time to settle down a little bit and see how it responds. He won’t be available this weekend, and we’ll re-assess him.
“It was no specific hit or specific play. It has nothing to do with the concussions or head injuries he was dealing with before. It’s just something else he’s been dealing with.”
The Leafs recalled defenceman Kristians Rubins from the Toronto Marlies on an emergency basis.
The defence pairs at practice were Morgan Rielly-Ilya Lyubushkin; TJ Brodie-Justin Holl; and Mark Giordano-Timothy Liljegren.