The Maple Leafs have placed Auston Matthews on injured reserve, announcing the star centre will be out about four weeks with a sore left shoulder.
Matthews took a crunching shoulder-to-shoulder hit from Winnipeg defenceman Jacob Trouba on Saturday early in the second period.
Matthews played the full 82-game season in his rookie year, but missed 20 games last year due to a few ailments, including 10 between Feb. 22 and March 22 with a sore right shoulder.
Matthews was the team’s leading scorer with 10 goals and six assists, though he has gone five games without a goal and four without a point.
The Leafs play the Calgary Flames on Monday night. Nazem Kadri will have a bigger role in Matthews’ absence, playing between Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau.
John Tavares will play between Kasperi Kapanen and Zach Hyman in new lines dreamed up due to Matthews’ injury.