Matthews out as Maple Leafs host Bruins

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews is being listed as day-to-day with a shoulder injury and will not be available to play against the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

Matthews was injured late in the 4-3 shootout win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

The game against the Bruins could be a preview of a first-round playoff matchup. The Maple Leafs have won 13 of their past 16 games and eight in a row at the Air Canada Centre.

The Maple Leafs (38-20-5) are third in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the second-place Bruins and four behind the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning (41-17-3). The Maple Leafs have played five more games than Boston and two more than the Lightning.

The Bruins are 2-1-0 during a five-game road trip. They are 17-2-2 in their past 21 games on the road. The Maple Leafs are 21-8-2 at the ACC.

Boston lost 6-1 to the Canucks on Saturday at Vancouver before defeating the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers on Monday and Tuesday.

That puts the priority on getting guys to fill out the 3-4 end rotation for Bowles. The Bears’ Mitch Unrein and the Titans’ DaQuan Jones, pending free agents, played in that base scheme last season.

In the draft, Washington’s Vita Vea is yet another non-skill consideration for either the No. 6 pick or a slight trade back. Because of Williams’ presence, the Jets could also be OK waiting until Day 2 or 3, as Virginia’s Andrew Brown and Alabama’s Da’Shawn Hand both could serve them well.

This was the game that launched all the 28-3 jokes at Atlanta’s expense. Brady and the Patriots trailed by 25 points before engineering an epic comeback exacerbated by the Falcons’ steadfast unwillingness to just run the damn ball. James White’s touchdown run in overtime clinched a victory in the only Super Bowl to ever go to overtime and gave New England the win in one of the greatest games ever played.

This one got so out of hand a defensive lineman scored a touchdown. Walter Payton, playing in his first Super Bowl, did not. New England starting quarterback Tony Eason threw six passes and completed NONE of them.jaguars_243-223x223