Evans had an assist, two shots on net, two hits and two PIM in Monday's 3-2 overtime win over Tampa Bay in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Evans provided the lone assist on Alexander Romanov's third-period marker, which gave Montreal a 2-1 lead. Evans was added to the lineup after Jesperi Kotkaniemi was made a healthy scratch, and it was just the sixth appearance in the playoffs for Evans, who has a goal and an assist. He centered the third line with wingers Paul Byron and Artturi Lehkonen.
Evans had a shot and three hits in Monday's 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Evans missed the previous nine playoff games due to a concussion he suffered during the first game of the series against Winnipeg. It marked his first competitive action in 26 days. Evans skated on the fourth line with Eric Staal and Corey Perry.
Evans (concussion) is expected to suit up for Monday's Game 1 showdown against the Lightning, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
Both Evans and Joel Armia (not injury related) were on the ice for warmups but it was Evans taking lines rushes alongside Eric Staal and Corey Perry. The 25-year-old will return from a nine-game absence after taking a massive hit in Game 1 against Winnipeg during the second round. He has one goal and a plus-2 rating in four postseason appearances.
Evans (concussion) will be a game-time decision ahead of Game 1 versus Tampa Bay on Monday, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Evans' designation as a game-time decision may be fully dependant on whether Joel Armia (not injury related) is ready to play after being cleared from COVID-19 protocols and traveling to Tampa Bay. If Evans is given the all-clear, he likely won't return to his first-line role, at least not immediately, and would more likely take Armia's fourth-line spot if the latter has to miss another game.
Evans (concussion) wore a regular jersey during Thursday's morning skate, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.
Although Evans shedding his no-contact jersey is clearly a step in the right direction, Thursday marked his first full practice in three weeks, and he was skating with the extras, so it's safe to assume he won't be in the lineup for Game 6 versus Vegas. However, if the Golden Knights are able to force a Game 7, Evans could make his return to the lineup for a must-win contest Saturday.
Evans (concussion) remains out indefinitely after assistant coach Luke Richardson told reporters, "Jake is progressing well but we don't have a timetable for body contact," Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com reports.
Evans will be sidelined for his eighth consecutive contest in Tuesday's Game 6 matchup with the Golden Knights. At this point, until the 25-year-old winger can practice in a regular jersey and absorb some contact, he won't be an option to rejoin the lineup. Artturi Lehkonen figures to continue featuring in a top-six role with Evans unavailable.
Evans (concussion) is partaking in Sunday's morning skate in a non-contact jersey, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
As such, this news effectively rules Evans out for a return in Sunday's Game 4 against Vegas. It will be the seventh consecutive contest missed for the 25-year-old, who hasn't played since June 2 in Game 1 against Winnipeg.
Evans (concussion) won't be in the lineup for Friday's Game 3 against the Golden Knights, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.
Evans has yet to be cleared for contact, so his return doesn't necessarily seem imminent. The 25-year-old forward has been sidelined since suffering a concussion in Game 1 of Montreal's second-round series against Winnipeg.
Evans (concussion) will not be ready ahead of Wednesday's Game 2 clash with Vegas, per Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports.
Evans was previously labeled a game-time decision but it appears the youngster won't be cleared to play in Game 2. Prior to getting hurt, the winger was slotting into a first-line role with Phillip Danault and Brendan Gallagher and should rejoin them once given the all-clear.
Evans (concussion) is slated to be a game-time call for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Golden Knights, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Evans hasn't played since Game 1 of Montreal's second-round matchup against the Jets due to a concussion, but he's been ramping up his activity levels of late, and it appears as though he could be an option for Wednesday's Game 2 versus Vegas if he's able to get through morning skate and warmups unscathed. Either way, confirmation on the 25-year-old forward's status should surface prior to puck drop.
Evans (concussion) skated Saturday, and coach Dominique Ducharme said the forward could be ready to play in three or four days if he avoids any setbacks in his recovery, Arpon Basu of The Athletic Montreal reports.
Ducharme added that the priority is to get Evans 100 percent healthy, so the team plans to be cautious with him. Regardless, it looks like Evans has a real shot of returning at some point in the upcoming series against Vegas, and he could do so as soon as Wednesday's Game 2.
Evans (concussion) is unavailable for Game 1 versus the Golden Knights on Monday, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
It will be the fourth straight missed game for Evans after he was drilled by Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele in Game 1 in Round 2. Once cleared to return to action, the 25-year-old Evans should be in line for a top-six role, though coach Dominique Ducharme may not want to shuffle up the line combos given their recent run of form.
Evans (concussion) could potentially return during the Canadiens' third-round matchup against the Golden Knights or the Avalanche, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
Evans has yet to resume skating, but he did work out in the gym Tuesday, which suggests he's made significant progress in his recovery from the concussion he suffered in Game 1 of the Canadiens' second-round series versus Winnipeg. The 25-year-old winger has picked up one goal, five shots on net and two PIM through four contests this postseason.
Evans is considered out indefinitely with a concussion, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
This news comes as no surprise, as Evans had to be stretchered off the ice after taking a brutal hit from Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele while putting a puck into the Jets' empty net during Wednesday's Game 1 win. Another update on the 25-year-old winger should be released once he clears the NHL's concussion protocol.
Evans (upper body) was stretchered off the ice in the third period of Wednesday's Game 1 versus the Jets, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
Evans had just deposited an empty-net goal when he got hit up high by the Jets' Mark Scheifele. Evans did not move after he hit the ice, and a stretcher was required to take him from the playing surface. The 25-year-old Evans has a history of head injuries after suffering one in last season's playoffs on a similar play. There isn't likely to be an update on his condition until Thursday at the earliest, but there's a significant chance he will miss time with the injury.
Evans (undisclosed) is set to play in Saturday's Game 6 versus the Maple Leafs, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Evans has missed the last four games, although he was deemed a possibility to return as recently as Game 4. The 24-year-old will enter the lineup while Tomas Tatar sits out in Saturday's must-win game for the Canadiens.
According to coach Dominique Ducharme, Evans (undisclosed) "could be available" for Saturday's Game 6 versus Toronto, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
Evans has been sidelined since Game 1 with an undisclosed issue, but it appears as though he could be ready to return Saturday following a four-game absence. Confirmation on Evans' status for Game 6 against the Maple Leafs should surface prior to puck drop.
Evans (undisclosed) is a possible option for Game 4, though he's unlikely to be called upon, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports.
It sounds like Evans has been medically cleared to return, but he's unlikely to actually see game action due to Montreal's forward depth in front of him. After dressing for 47 regular-season games, Evans left Montreal's playoff opener after playing less than eight minutes.
Evans (undisclosed) will not be in action versus the Leafs on Monday, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.
With Evans unavailable, rookie Cole Caufield will make his postseason debut for Game 3. Even once cleared to play, the 24-year-old Evans could struggle to break into the lineup with consistency, especially given the shuffling of lines that coach Dominique Ducharme has been implementing of late.
Evans (undisclosed) won't be in the lineup for Saturday's Game 2 versus Toronto, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
With Evans on the shelf, Jesperi Kotkaniemi will draw into the lineup for Game 2, centering the Canadiens' fourth line versus the Maple Leafs. Evans will be reevaluated ahead of Monday's Game 3.
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|05/20||@ TOR||W 2-1||0||0||0||0||7:52|
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