Armia suffered a concussion in Thursday's game versus the Canucks, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports. Head coach Claude Julien relayed the injury news in his postgame press availability. Armia was injured late in the third period on a Tyler Myers headshot. It's unclear how long Armia will be sidelined, but it's likely Corey Perry will enter the lineup in a bottom-six role during his absence. Armia had four points (two goals, two helpers) in the game prior to suffering the concussion.
Armia left Thursday's game against the Canucks after a headshot from Tyler Myers, Thomas Drance of The Athletic Vancouver reports. The play occurred late in the third period with the Canadiens already ahead 6-3. Myers received a match penalty, while Armia went immediately to the locker room, likely to undergo concussion protocols. Armia was having the best game of his career before the hit -- he scored twice and assisted on both of Tyler Toffoli's goals in the contest. The four-point effort was the first of Armia's career, but the greater concern for the 27-year-old is his health. An update on his status should be available prior to Saturday's third straight game versus the Canucks.
Armia posted an assist, two hits and a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Canucks. The assist was Armia's first point in four outings this year. It's been a tough readjustment to bottom-six duty for the Finn, who enjoyed all-situations usage and 17:14 of ice time per game last year. With the slow start, Armia will be a long-shot to match the 30 points in 58 games he had in 2019-20. He's produced seven hits, four shots and a plus-3 rating this season.
Armia recorded his first two shots of the season in Saturday's 5-1 win over Edmonton. Armia is off to a quiet start with just two shots and four hits over the first two contests. He's lined up with center Jesperi Kotkaniemi and the newly acquired Tyler Toffoli on Montreal's third line. He has yet to appear on the power play after averaging 2:01 with a man advantage in 2019-20, so he may be hard pressed to match last season's career-high 16 goals and 30 points.
Armia recorded two assists in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Flyers in Game 6. Armia had an interesting playoff run -- he began with five scoreless outings in a bottom-six role. In his next five games, he scored three goals and added two helpers. The Finn added 27 shots on goal, a plus-5 rating and 10 hits. After reaching the 30-point mark for the first time in his career during the 2019-20 regular season, Armia seems poised to challenge for a top-six role next year.
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