Muzzin out for weekend games as Maple Leafs defenceman deals with undisclosed injury

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The Maple Leafs won’t have Jake Muzzin for their back-to-back set this weekend.

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The veteran defenceman didn’t practise on Friday as he deals with an undisclosed injury. 

Muzzin will not play in Ottawa against the Senators on Saturday and won’t be in the Leafs lineup on Sunday at home against the New York Islanders, coach Sheldon Keefe said. 

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 15 minutes 52 seconds in the Leafs’ 7-3 win.

“He was feeling good and played yesterday and I would say things flared up a little bit for him,” Keefe said. “As a result, he’s going to take some time to settle down a little bit and see how it responds from there. He won’t be available this weekend, and we’ll reassess him from there.

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“It was no 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 at the Ford Performance Centre were Morgan Rielly-Ilya Lyubushkin; TJ Brodie-Justin Holl; and Mark Giordano-Timothy Liljegren.

Keefe said Erik Kallgren will start against the Senators. Jack Campbell, who was run over by the Caps’ Tom Wilson in the first period on Saturday and stayed in the game, participated fully in practice. 

There were no changes to the Leafs’ top three lines. On the fourth line, Jason Spezza, who was a healthy scratch on Thursday, skated with centre Colin Blackwell and Kyle Clifford. 

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Based on practice, Wayne Simmonds and Nick Abruzzese will be scratched in Ottawa. 

A victory against the Senators would be the Leafs’ 49th win of the season, which would tie the franchise record set in 2017-18.

The Leafs’ 102 points are the third-most in team history, three off the record of 105, also set four seasons ago.

Leafs captain John Tavares reflected on his time with Mike Bossy during Tavares’ years with the Islanders. Bossy died at the age of 65 after battling cancer.

“Really sad to hear the news,” Tavares said. “Mike as a person was tremendous. 

“He was really good to me, especially my first number of years on the Island. Saw him quite a bit. Just loved the game, loved to talk hockey, specifically goal scoring.

“I wish his family the best.”

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