As the Maple Leafs prepared for a two-game road trip that starts Saturday against the top team in the Central Division, the Minnesota Wild, it looked for a moment like the injury bug might spread.
Morgan Rielly missed practice, and Mitch Marner left early after a hard hit from Jake Muzzin. But coach Sheldon Keefe was quick to calm any concerns on a team where injuries have been largely limited to role players this season.
Rielly went for foot X-rays, which came back negative, while Marner was pulled as a precaution.
“We’ll see how he is in the morning,” Keefe said Friday about Marner. “It’s not looking like anything serious at this point.”
Both are expected to be with the team Saturday, and for Sunday’s game in Winnipeg.
Rielly hurt his foot on the recent California trip, but played almost 22 minutes in Wednesday’s 8-3 win over Colorado.
“It was a bit surprising because he’d been playing through it,” said Keefe, “but it just acted up to the point that they wanted to get further imaging on it … We’ll continue to manage it, but we expect him to play.”
Marner took his time getting up from the ice after the hit from Muzzin. A few moments later, they had words on the ice.
“I don’t worry about that kind of stuff at all, especially with those two guys,” said Keefe. “Things happen out there whether it’s practice, games, whatever.…