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Mitchell Marner out next two games for Maple Leafs

Rooike forward to miss back-to-back set with upper-body injury @NHL

Forward Mitchell Marner, the Toronto Maple Leafs' leading scorer, will miss the next two games with an upper-body injury, coach Mike Babcock said Saturday.

Marner, 19, was injured when he crashed into the boards trying to check Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner in the second period of a 5-2 loss at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday.

Marner will not play in either of the Maple Leafs' two weekend games. Toronto is home against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, TVA Sports, NHL.TV) and at the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

Asked if Marner would be available Saturday, Babcock said, "No, so because he can't go today, that means for sure he won't go [Sunday], so we'll deal with him next week. I think we have a day off [Monday] and play the next day [against the Winnipeg Jets], so he'll have a chance for that opportunity."

The No. 4 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Marner leads the Maple Leafs with 48 points (15 goals, 33 assists).

Toronto entered Saturday holding a one-point lead on the New York Islanders for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Maple Leafs trail the Boston Bruins by one point for third place in the Atlantic Division.

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