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Matthews targets return Wednesday in Swiss Cup

by Mike G. Morreale
Auston Matthews ZSC Lions (Photo: ZSC Lions)

Auston Matthews, an A-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's September players to watch list for the 2016 NHL draft, is targeting his return to the lineup from an upper-body injury on Wednesday against Ambri-Piotta in the Swiss Ice Hockey Cup.

Matthews, who has missed the past four games but has been practicing with Zurich in Switzerland's top professional league, will miss regular-season games against Kloten Flyers on Friday and SCL Tigers on Nov. 23.

"I'm feeling better and, as of now, the plan is for me to play Nov. 25," Matthews told via text message.

The injury by Matthews occurred Oct. 23 in a 3-1 loss against Fribourg-Gotteron. He had an assist and one shot on goal in Zurich's next game two days later, a 6-3 victory against SCL. Matthews leads National League A, with 10 goals. He has 16 points and 46 shots on goal in 14 games.

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