Breaking: Huge news for Matthews, but some concerning news for two other Leafs players

News out of gameday skate this morning.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs took to the ice this morning in anticipation of their matchup against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden - the last game before the Christmas break.

Some hugely welcome news at practice is that Auston Matthews looks to be ready to return to the lineup tonight, despite the belief that he wouldn't be ready until after Christmas, as it was reported on Friday.

We'll have you covered should that news change throughout the course of the day.

The bad news is that two players were missing at morning skate, and it's unknown whether they will be available tonight.

We await Mike Babcock's press conference following practice to receive updates on the two veterans.

Here are the lines that Babcock rolled this morning.

Puck drops at 7pm ET.