Sheldon Keefe reveals status of William Nylander

The Leafs forward missed practice earlier today.

Michael W.

There was cause for concern earlier today when it was announced that Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander missed practice this morning as his team continues preparations to face the Boston Bruins in Round 1 of the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

Additionally, the Leafs were also without Bobby McMann, who left Saturday night's 5-4 overtime loss to Detroit in the first period with a lower-body injury. 

But according to head coach Sheldon Keefe, both players are listed as "possibilities" to play in tomorrow's Game 1 against Boston at TD Garden. 

 "We kept him off the ice today," Keefe said. "He and Bobby McMann stayed off the ice, but both are possibilities for tomorrow. That is it."

Our guys are available. That is it." 

When pressed on whether or not the reasons for both player absences was due to illness or injury, Keefe doubled down on being tight-lipped. 

"As I said, the guys are available," he said. "That is all you are going to get."

Fellow Swedish forward Calle Jarnkrok admitted that he didn't know the reason why Nylander didn't skate today, but is in "wait and see" mode. 

"I mean, it's tough to replace Willy. I don't even know what's going on with him," said Jarnkrok. "But I mean, hopefully he can play, but I guess we'll have to wait and see tomorrow."

The lines that the Leafs skated with today are as follows: 



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