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Leafs' Marner, Tavares miss game vs. Blues with illness

John Tavares Mitchell Marner Toronto Maple Leafs John Tavares Mitchell Marner - Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

Toronto Maple Leafs forwards Mitch Marner and John Tavares did not play on Tuesday night against the St. Louis Blues due to illness, the team announced prior to the game.

After Toronto's 4-1 victory, head coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters the duo's absence was not related to defenceman Conor Timmins' illness. The team said earlier in the day Timmins is out indefinitely with mono.

Goaltender Dennis Hildeby and forward Alex Steeves were recalled by the team on an emergency basis, while defenceman Max Lajoie was loaned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Steeves played 10:14 in Tuesday night's win, recording one shot on goal and six hits. Bobby McMann also drew into the lineup and scored his first career hat trick.

Marner has appeared in 50 games this season and has contributed 22 goals and 35 assists.

Tavares has also played in 50 games and has 15 goals with 25 assists.

Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly also missed Tuesday's game, serving the first game of his five-game suspension.

Toronto will be back in action on Thursday at home against the Philadelphia Flyers.