Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman will be out at least two weeks due to a knee injury, the team announced Monday.
The 28-year-old suffered a sprained MCL during a knee-on-knee collision with Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alex Edler on Sunday night. Edler was suspended for two games as a result.
“I think, all things considered, if he [Hyman] can get himself back in two weeks, that would be great news for us,” Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe said. “These types of hits and that type of contact can have some pretty bad results. So let’s take it as ‘Hymes’ can come back strong and rested and ready to go for us, and our team will just press on.”
Hyman has 33 points in 43 games this season, including 15 goals and 18 assists.
After initiating a turnover near centre ice during the second period of Sunday’s contest against the Canucks, Hyman carried the puck into the offensive zone. Edler instigated contact and Hyman attempted to evade him, at which point Edler stuck out his leg. The resultant collision led to Hyman hobbling off the ice and missing the rest of the game.
The Canucks wound up winning the game, their first back from their COVID suspension, by a final score of 3-2.
Hyman previously had surgery on the knee to repair a torn ACL after the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Maple Leafs are first in the North Division with a 28-12-5 record, putting them four points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets.
Toronto will face the Canucks again Thursday before visiting the Jets for two games.
The Maple Leafs could have Nick Foligno in the fold for Thursday’s game. The forward was acquired April 11 in a three-team swap with the Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks and spent a week in quarantine after crossing the Canada-U.S. border.
Goalie Frederik Andersen, who hasn’t played since March 19 due to a lower body injury, joined his teammates at practice Monday. There is no timetable for his return, however.
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