Maple Leafs captain John Tavares will miss at least two weeks with broken hand
Tavares will be re-evaluated by the Leafs' medical team in two weeks
Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares will be sidelined with a broken hand for at least the next few weeks.
The team announced the news on Thursday afternoon, revealing Tavares suffered the injury late during Wednesday night's loss against the Washington Capitals. Tavares played the entire game and scored a goal with two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the third period.
Tavares will be re-evaluated by the Leafs' medical team in two weeks, according to a statement released by the team.
The @MapleLeafs announced today that centre John Tavares sustained a broken finger late in last night’s game in Washington.
He will be out of the lineup for a minimum of two weeks, at which point he will be reassessed by the team's medical staff.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) October 17, 2019
His absence will present a tough challenge for the Maple Leafs, who have had a bit of a shaky start to their 2019-2020 campaign. Toronto is 4-3-1 to start the season and it likely won't get any easier with one of their top offensive forwards out of the lineup over the next few weeks, especially with a pretty tough road ahead on the schedule. The Leafs will play divisional rivals in the Bruins (twice) and Canadiens, as well as matchups against the Sharks and Capitals over the next 14 days.
Tavares, 29, has three goals and four assists in eight games this season.
With the captain out the lineup, it's possible that Toronto shifts William Nylander over to center to replace Tavares in a top-six role down the middle.