Morgan Rielly to miss fourth straight game with lower-body injury

Morgan Rielly got tangled up with William Carrier and hit the boards awkwardly, forcing him to leave for the dressing room during the first period of action.

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly will miss his fourth straight game with a lower-body injury on Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings.

The 22-year-old suffered the injury on Jan.17 in the first period a game against the Buffalo Sabres, when he collided with Sabres winger William Carrier, falling awkwardly into the boards. He came up favouring his right leg, and would eventually leave the game and not return.

The Leafs’, who have gona 1-1-1 in Rielly’s absence, will try to build off their first win without their top defenceman, which came on Monday against the lowly Calgary Flames.

Rielly, who averaged nearly 23 minutes a game and had 17 points before getting injured, is yet to be ruled out of Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers, but it is unlikely he plays again before the all-star break.


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