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Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Scoring drought continues
Kotkaniemi failed to register a point for a seventh consecutive game Saturday against the Wild. He has just one goal and two assists in 18 games this season.
Much more was expected of Kotkaniemi this year after the 22-year old Finn signed an eight-year, $38.5 million extension with the Canes back in March. Needless to say, he will have to bust out in a big way to have any hope of matching his 12-goal, 29-point season from a year ago. For now, he continues to skate mainly on the team's second line with Andrei Svechnikov and Seth Jarvis.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Ends goal drought
Kotkaniemi scored a goal and added two PIM in Friday's 5-3 win over the Sabres.
Kotkaniemi hadn't scored all year, and he'd gone seven games without a point entering Friday. He changed that with a third-period marker, which ended up as the game-winning goal. The 22-year-old was due to break out -- he recorded multiple shots on net in six of the seven games during his slump. For the year, he's at three points, 19 shots, 14 hits, eight PIM and a plus-2 rating while mainly playing as the second-line center.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Credited with helper
Kotkaniemi notched an assist and two hits in Monday's 5-1 win over the Kraken.
Kotkaniemi helped out on a goal by linemate Andrei Svechnikov in the second period. The 22-year-old Kotkaniemi is up to two assists and a plus-4 rating in three games, but he's not doing much else to generate his own offense. The Finn has just two shots on goal so far, so he'll need to take a few more chances himself to become more productive.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Garners assist in loss
Kotkaniemi posted an assist and two shots on goal in Monday's 6-2 loss to the Rangers in Game 7.
Kotkaniemi helped out on a Max Domi goal in the third period of the lopsided loss. Both of Kotkaniemi's assists in the postseason came in the second round after he was held off the scoresheet altogether in the first round. The 21-year-old had a reasonable 29 points in 66 regular-season outings, and he's locked in for the next eight years after signing a max-term extension with the Hurricanes in March.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Earns helper in win
Kotkaniemi recorded one assist, two shots and one block in 9:07 of ice time versus the Rangers on Wednesday.
Kotkaniemi logged his fewest minutes of the postseason, in part due to the lack of power-play ice time. With his tally, the 21-year-old winger brought a seven-game pointless streak to a close but shouldn't be expected to provide much in the way of offensive support without opportunities with the man advantage.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Finishes season on high note
Kotkaniemi (lower body) had a goal and two assists in Thursday's 6-3 win over New Jersey.
Kotkaniemi didn't take long to make an impact in his return from a five-game absence. He set up goals by Ethan Bear and Martin Necas before lighting the lamp 12:53 into the game for his third point of the night. The strong regular-season finale brought Kotkaniemi's totals in his first year with the Hurricanes to 12 goals and 17 assists.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Good to go
Kotkaniemi (lower body) will return to the lineup for Thursday's regular-season finale against the Devils.
Kotkaniemi is expected to skate on the fourth line against New Jersey. He's collected 11 goals and 26 points through 65 contests this campaign.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Not in Tuesday's lineup
Kotkaniemi (lower body) is not expected to play Tuesday versus the Rangers.
Kotkaniemi is set for his fifth straight absence with the injury. The 21-year-old doesn't have an official timeline to return, as the Hurricanes have been tight-lipped about his status.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Still sidelined
Kotkaniemi (lower body) won't play Thursday against the Jets, Walt Ruff of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Kotkaniemi will miss a second straight contest with his lower-body injury. Kotkaniemi has missed 9 of Carolina's last 11 games due to this issue, so at this point there's no telling when he might be ready to rejoin the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Won't play Monday
Kotkaniemi (undisclosed) will not be available versus the Coyotes on Monday but is considered day-to-day, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
Kotkaniemi was just two games back from a long-term injury absence that saw him miss eight games. It's not immediately clear if the absences are related but it's certainly not good news for a Hurricanes squad that will also be without Jordan Staal (upper body) and suddenly finds itself rather thin down the middle. Where Kotkaniemi fits into the lineup upon his return to action will likely depend on whether Staal is available, though top six might be a stretch for Kotkaniemi at this point.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Ready to rock
Kotkaniemi (undisclosed) will return to the lineup for Thursday's game versus the Red Wings, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
Kotkaniemi will likely return to a middle-six role following his eight-game absence. The 21-year-old forward has collected 11 goals and 26 points through 63 contests this season.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Out 2-3 weeks
Kotkaniemi's undisclosed injury will keep him out for approximately 2-3 weeks, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Kotkaniemi has already missed one game with the injury, and he's now set to miss at least six more. His 11 goals match his career high despite a career-low 11:56 of average ice time in his first campaign outside Montreal.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Out Tuesday
Kotkaniemi (undisclosed) will not play Tuesday against the Lightning, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
Head coach Rod Brind'Amour said that the team would know more about the severity of Kotkaniemi's injury in the next couple of days. The 21-year-old winger was injured on a hit from Lars Eller in Monday's victory over Washington. Carolina's next game is Thursday against Montreal, but it sounds like Kotkaniemi could miss multiple games.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Suffers injury Monday
Kotkaniemi (undisclosed) was injured during Monday's 6-1 win over Washington, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
Kotkaniemi took a high hit from Lars Eller near the end of the blowout victory and head coach Rod Brind'Amour said that it "doesn't look good." He tallied an assist and a plus-2 rating in 13:20 of ice time before the injury. Carolina is back in action Tuesday against the Lightning and it appears that the 21-year-old will likely miss that game. An update on his status should be available in the coming days.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Signs maximum-length extension
Kotkaniemi agreed to an eight-year extension with the Hurricanes on Monday.
The contract is expected to carry an annual cap hit of $4.82 million, per PuckPedia, resulting in a total contract value around $38.5 million. The $6.1 million offer sheet Carolina used to lure Kotkaniemi out of Montreal gave him plenty of leverage with a $6.1 million qualifying offer to come if he hit restricted free agency this offseason. Agent Markus Lehto used his position of power to negotiate his client a contract with the maximum allowed term. Despite scoring a modest 11 goals and 23 points through 59 games with the Hurricanes, the 21-year-old Kotkaniemi now has a contract that will run through the remainder of his 20s.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Clears protocols
Kotkaniemi has cleared the NHL's COVID-19 protocols and has joined the Hurricanes in Minnesota ahead of Saturday's matchup with the Wild, Walt Ruff of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
The Hurricanes will return home for a Wednesday night matchup with the Panthers following Saturday's contest, so the fact that Kotkaniemi made the trip to Minnesota suggests he should be an option against the Wild. He's tallied nine goals and 20 points thorugh 42 contests this season.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Enters COVID protocol
Kotkaniemi was placed in COVID protocol Sunday.
The league isn't testing asymptomatic players anymore, so Kotkaniemi is likely experiencing symptoms. He'll sit out Monday's game in Toronto and will be hard-pressed to test out of the protocol in time to return Tuesday in Ottawa.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Lights lamp twice in rout
Kotkaniemi scored two goals on five shots with a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Bruins.
The former Hab ended a three-game point drought and a six-game goalless stretch with the outburst, and his first tally of the night wound up being the game-winner. Kotkaniemi has only nine goals and 18 points through 36 games on the season, but over half of that production (three goals and 10 points) has come in his last 10 contests.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Extends point streak to six games
Kotkaniemi notched an assist, two hits and two PIM in Friday's 6-3 win over the Flames.
Kotkaniemi set up Brady Skjei's insurance tally in the third period. The assist extended Kotkaniemi's point streak to six games, during which he has one goal and seven helpers. The Finn probably still needs to prove himself a bit more on offense, as he's yet to be much of a consistent scorer in his career. This season, he's at seven tallies, nine assists, 43 shots on net and 42 hits in 32 contests.... See More ... See Less
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