Kulak registered two assists, one while shorthanded, in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Flyers in Game 5.
Kulak had a hand in both of Joel Armia's tallies in the contest. The pair of helpers accounted for Kulak's first points since his assist in Game 1 against the Penguins in the qualifying round. The 26-year-old blueliner has added 13 blocked shots and 12 hits in nine postseason outings.
Kulak (undisclosed) is practicing for the first time since training camp began Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
The Canadiens won't be able to shed any light on why Kulak has been unable to participate until now, but it looks like he should be good to go once Montreal's qualifying round matchup against the Penguins kicks off Aug. 1. The 26-year-old blueliner picked up seven helpers while averaging 17:08 of ice time per contest in 56 appearances during the regular season.
Kulak missed Monday's practice session with an undisclosed problem and was classified as "unable to practice," per John Lu of TSN.ca.
Kulak was bogged down in an eight-game pointless streak prior to the league going on hiatus. Given his limited offensive capabilities, the defender won't offer much in terms of value for postseason pools or DFS contests. If declared ready to play, Kulak would likely replace Noah Juulsen or Christian Folin in the lineup.
Kulak had an assist and one shot on goal in Saturday's 5-4 shootout win over Vegas.
Kulak was initially credited with Montreal's third goal, but officials later ruled it caromed off Joel Armia. It was Kulak's fifth assist (and point) in 35 games. He's been active the last two games, taking a spot on the third pair that previously belonged to rookie Cale Fleury.
Kulak had an assist, two shots, two hits, one blocked shot and was plus-1 over 20:53 of ice time in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Oilers.
Kulak appeared to be the odd man out when Montreal acquired Marco Scandella last week. He was a healthy scratch for a pair of games, before he suited up for two games this week. He replaced rookie Cale Fleury (healthy scratch) on Tuesday and the injured Ben Chiarot (lower body) on Thursday. Kulak is at minus-7 through 32 games and has not been as effective as he was last season. As such, his job is less secure than, say, fellow blueliner Jeff Petry, who is at minus-9 but provides a scoring element that Kulak lacks.
Kulak had an assist and three shots on goal in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Panthers.
Kulak was the primary assistant to Max Domi's goal early in the second period, which gave Montreal a brief one-goal lead. After that, the Canadiens' porous defense could not hold the lead. A little more than a minute after Domi's goal, Kulak was late getting to Aleksander Barkov, who scored his second of the night and started a four-goal run by Florida. Kulak, who had 17 points and was plus-12 over 57 games for Montreal in 2018-19, has three assists and is minus-7 over 28 games in 2019-20.
Kulak is averaging 18:01 of ice time over the last six games as a replacement for the injured Victor Mete (ankle).
Kulak is pointless over the six-game run, but he's plus-1 and getting his confidence back while logging more ice time than his season average (15:40). The 25-year-old blueliner, who served as a top-four defenseman last season, has been a healthy scratch 11 times this season. "I got back in more of a rhythm," Kulak told Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette. "I'm just playing right now ... I'm not thinking too much. Just instincts are taking over and I'm just playing better hockey." With Mete hitting the ice Friday, he could return for next week's road trip through Western Canada. His return could put a dent in Kulak's playing time.
Kulak returned to the active lineup Thursday after being a healthy scratch for two games. He had one hit and was minus-3 in a 6-4 loss to the Devils.
Kulak had a rough night and was the culprit on one New Jersey score, getting caught up ice on a 2-on-1 rush that Travis Zajac converted for the Devils' second goal. Kulak ended up with a defenseman-low 11:38 of ice time.
Kulak had an assist, one shot and two hits over 17:47 of ice time in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Kulak provided a secondary assist on Artturi Lehkonen's first-period goal. It was just his second point (both assists) and first in 10 games. As a member of the third defensive pair, Kulak is not considered an offensive-minded blueliner nor do the Canadiens expect that from him.
Kulak posted two shots, one hit and one blocked shot over 13:03 of ice time in Saturday's 3-2 win over Los Angeles.
Kulak had been a healthy scratch the last six contests before being active Saturday, taking a spot on the third pair recently held by Mike Reilly. After a poor effort Thursday, head coach Claude Julien shook up all four lines and made this one change on the blue line.
Kulak returned to the lineup Saturday after being a healthy scratch the last two games. He had an assist, a hit and a block while finishing plus-2 in a 6-3 win over St. Louis.
Kulak, who skated with rookie Cale Fleury on the third pair the first two games of the season, returned to action on the second pair with Jeff Petry. The duo played well when together last season and head coach Claude Julien was pleased with Saturday's performance. "He was good tonight," the coach told Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette. "I thought he looked more like the guy that we knew. Maybe playing with Petry, he's the young guy on that group. Playing with Cale I think might have been a lot of pressure on him to kind of carry that pair. But no matter what I think, tonight was more like the Kuly that we know." Kulak has one point, three hits and three blocked shots over three games played.
Kulak was not in the lineup for Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Red Wings.
Kulak opened the season alongside Cale Fleury on the third pair for the first two games, but the two skaters have been healthy scratches for each of the past two contests. Montreal head coach Claude Julien feels the team is getting better play from Mike Reilly and Christian Folin and will stick with those two for now, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Kulak signed a three-year, $5.55 million contract with the Canadiens on Saturday.
Kulak was rock solid as a middle-pairing defenseman for Montreal this season, notching six goals and 18 points while posting a plus-12 rating in 57 games. The 25-year-old should continue to be a dependable bottom-four option for the duration of his deal with the Canadiens, but he lacks the offensive upside necessary to be considered a desirable asset in most fantasy formats.
Kulak scored and tallied an assist Thursday, but Montreal fell to Columbus, 6-2.
Kulak has consecutive two-point performances and now has found the scoresheet 16 times in 53 appearances. He also dished out three hits and finished with 18:27 TOI in the loss.
Kulak finished with two points in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Panthers.
The goal and assist give Kulak 14 points in 52 games, certainly solid production from the blue line, but at this point, he's little besides a depth defenseman in a fantasy sense. Kulak does seem to have found a home on Montreal's second defensive pairing, alongside Jeff Petry, so the former Flame should continue to see plenty of ice time down the stretch and (possibly) into the postseason.
Kulak picked up an assist in a 5-2 loss to the Sharks on Thursday.
The helper gives Kulak three goals and seven assists in 44 games in his first season with the Canadiens. He has averaged 17:08 per game while skating on the third pairing, and he's added 79 hits this season. It's not enough to move the needle for fantasy purposes, but the 25-year-old has played well in his own zone, with a plus-9 rating for the year.
Kulak's second-period goal was ruled no goal on review in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Lightning.
The Canadiens played heroically, shutting down the NHL's most prolific offense before grabbing a 1-0 lead on Kulak's goal; however, rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi was ruled offside after video review. The Habs are left wondering what might have happened had the goal stood, as Tampa Bay went on to score three third-period goals and hand Montreal its third consecutive defeat. Kulak remains at three goals and six points through 34 games played.
Kulak scored the game-winning goal while shorthanded in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Avalanche.
Kulak's wrister from the point found its way to and past Colorado's Semyon Varlamov for the first goal of the game midway through the third period. It was the 25-year-old's second of the season and first shorthanded marker of his career. Other than a plus-7 rating, Kulak does not offer much fantasy value.
Kulak scored a goal on three shots along with two hits and three blocked shots in Saturday's loss to the Lightning.
Kulak's seeing-eye blast from the point avoided sticks and body parts to get past Andrei Vasilevskiy, tying the game at four apiece in the third period. It was his first goal since joining the Canadiens and only his third in 116 NHL games. So, despite having points in two straight contests, offense is not part of his game. And now that he's no longer skating on the top pair with Shea Weber, Kulak's ice time and scoring opportunities have dwindled.
Kulak was a healthy scratch for Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Avalanche.
Kulak had been prominent of late, skating on the first pair with Shea Weber over the last couple of weeks, but took a seat Wednesday as Jordie Benn returned to the lineup alongside Weber. Coach Claude Julien typically tweaks his lineup following a bad loss such as Monday's 4-0 blanking by the Bruins, and this was one of those changes. Kulak had 16 minutes of ice time Monday, his lowest TOI since being called up in late November. The coach did not divulge a reason why Kulak was the defenseman scratched when asked by Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette. "I'm never going to give you a why. All I'm going to say is we've had some Ds that have struggled at times. Right now, tonight there's a team with lots of experience on the other side. There's a team that's very dangerous offensively. I think we got a little bit more of a veteran look tonight," said Julien.
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