Maple Leafs’ Nylander misses practice, Domi cleared to play

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe discusses forwards William Nylander and Bobby McMann ahead of Game 1 against the Boston Bruins, saying both players didn't skate Friday but are "possibilities" to play in the playoff opener.

When the Toronto Maple Leafs took to the ice for their first practice in Boston Friday, there was a notable absence from the session.

William Nylander was not on the ice for practice and head coach Sheldon Keefe said that the winger is a possibility to play in Game 1.

Keefe did not provide a reason for Nylander’s absence saying general manager Brad Treliving doesn’t want injury information made public during the playoffs.

Calle Jarnkrok took Nylander’s spot on the third line and on the top power-play unit. Jarnkrok has been sidelined since March 14 after crashing into the boards.

Forward Bobby McMann was also absent from practice. The forward missed the last two games of the regular season with a lower-body injury.

Fortunately for the Leafs, Max Domi was a full participant at practice skating on the top line with Auston Matthews and Tyler Bertuzzi. After practice, Domi told reporters that he is 100 per cent healthy and ready to go for Game 1.

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Domi missed the final two games of the regular season with an undisclosed injury.

The 29-year-old has nine goals and 38 assists this season.

Noah Gregor was the extra forward at practice and is expected to sit out Game 1.

Joel Edmundson, Morgan Rielly and Jake McCabe were back on the ice after getting rest on the final game of the regular season. Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, newly signed Cade Webber and Conor Timmins were the extras skating at practice.

The Leafs take on the Bruins in Game 1 of their first-round series on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. on Sportsnet and Sportsnet+.

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