Kotkaniemi is slated to sit as a healthy scratch for Monday's must-win Game 4 versus the Lightning, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.
Kotkaniemi logged just 11:38 of ice time in Friday's Game 3 loss after averaging 14:09 through the first two games of the series, so the writing was on the wall to an extent in regards to his status for Monday's must-win contest. If the Canadiens are unable to stave off elimination, Kotkaniemi will finish the season having picked up 20 points through 56 games.
Kotkaniemi had an assist, three hits and two PIM in Monday's 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Kotkaniemi provided good support on a Montreal foray, digging out a loose puck along the boards and feeding Ben Chiarot for the Canadiens' lone goal. It was Kotkaniemi's fourth point in the last six playoff contests.
Kotkaniemi provided an assist and two penalty minutes in Monday's 5-1 loss to the Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The 20-year-old forward passed the puck to Ben Chiarot late in the 2nd period, who's point shot found it's way through several Tampa players to give the Habs life. Outside of the assist, Kotkaniemi was very much a non-factor in this game, registering no shots on goal and playing just 12:49 in the contest. The Finnish center has eight points in 17 games this postseason and will look to help his team get back on track in Wednesday night's Game 2 in Tampa Bay.
Kotkaniemi scored a goal and blocked two shots in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights in Game 5.
Josh Anderson got off a shot on Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period, which generated a juicy rebound for Kotkaniemi to bury. The 20-year-old Finn is up to five goals, two assists, 22 shots on net, 29 hits and a minus-3 rating through 15 playoff contests. He's picked up three points in the last four games, but his scoring output is likely to be limited in a bottom-six role.
Kotkaniemi produced an assist, four PIM, three hits and a plus-2 rating in Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the Golden Knights in Game 3.
Kotkaniemi collected a loose puck in the neutral zone and attempted a pass to Josh Anderson. It bounced off of Anderson and dropped to Paul Byron, who set up Anderson for the game-winning goal in overtime. Kotkaniemi has picked up a helper in each of the last two games, and he's up to six points through 13 playoff contests. He's added 12 PIM, 20 shots on net and 26 hits in a third-line role.
Kotkaniemi registered an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Golden Knights in Game 2.
The Finn snapped a four-game point drought when he set up Paul Byron's second-period tally. Kotkaniemi has added four goals, 20 shots on net, 23 hits and a minus-4 rating through 12 playoff contests. He's likely to remain in a third-line role, although his role on the second power-play unit could give him a slightly higher scoring ceiling than that of a typical bottom-six forward.
Kotkaniemi scored a goal in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Jets in Game 1.
Since starting the playoffs as a healthy scratch in Game 1 against Toronto, the 20-year-old has now scored four goals in seven games despite averaging only 13:12 of ice time during that span. Kotkaniemi makes for an interesting DFS value play as long as his salary remains manageable.
Kotkaniemi scored the game-winning goal and fired four shots on net in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over the Maple Leafs in Game 6.
The Canadiens spent a lot of overtime weathering a storm from the Maple Leafs. A Travis Dermott turnover allowed Paul Byron to set up Kotkaniemi for the winning tally at 15:15 of the extra session. The Finnish center has scored in consecutive games, and he's posted three goals in five playoff appearances. He remained in the lineup with Jake Evans (undisclosed) returning for Saturday's Game 6 -- Tomas Tatar was instead scratched.
Kotkaniemi scored a goal and logged three hits in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Maple Leafs in Game 5.
Kotkaniemi stole the puck behind the net and swatted it past Leafs goalie Jack Campbell at 4:52 of the second period. The 20-year-old Kotkaniemi has two goals in four games since he replaced Jake Evans in the lineup. The Finn has added six shots on net, eight hits and four PIM in that span to provide a non-scoring boost for fantasy managers.
Kotkaniemi scored a goal on two shots, added a pair of hits and served two PIM in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Kotkaniemi capitalized on a net-front scramble for the Canadiens' lone goal of the contest. The 20-year-old entered the lineup in place of Jake Evans (undisclosed). Getting a goal bodes well for Kotkaniemi's place in the lineup, but the Finn will need to show more discipline -- his cross-checking penalty in the second period led to the Maple Leafs' third goal. It was the third penalty the Canadiens took in a span of 5:29.
Kotkaniemi was a healthy scratch for Game 1 of Montreal's playoff series against Toronto on Thursday.
Kotkaniemi joined Cole Caufield and Alexander Romanov as healthy scratches for the series opener. The common thread among the three is youth, as interim head coach Dominique Ducharme opted for playoff-hardened veterans Eric Staal and Corey Perry, and Brett Kulak, who isn't as battle-tested as Staal or Perry but has more experience than Romanov.
Kotkaniemi earned an assist, doled out five hits and fired two shots on goal in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Oilers.
Kotkaniemi made a strong play to set up Artturi Lehkonen's first-period tally. The helper snapped Kotkaniami's six-game point drought. The third overall pick from 2018 is still working on consistency, but he's gone 12 outings without a goal. The Finn is at 20 points, 69 shots on net, 67 hits and a plus-6 rating in 44 contests.
Kotkaniemi collected a pair of assists with four shots and four hits in a 4-2 loss to the Jets on Thursday.
Kotkaniemi drew the secondary assist on goals by Phillip Danault and Paul Byron, enjoying his first multi-point game in nearly a month. Kotkaniemi has five goals and 19 points in in 37 games this season.
Kotkaniemi scored a goal on three shots Tuesday in a 4-0 win over the Oilers.
The 20-year-old wasted no time getting things started for the Canadiens, taking a drop pass from Paul Byron and beating Mikko Koskinen just 18 seconds into the game. Kotkaniemi has five goals and 16 points through 32 games and would be a good bet to eclipse the career-high 11 and 34 he notched as a rookie in 2018-19 if not for the abbreviated schedule.
Kotkaniemi will be in the lineup Tuesday against Edmonton, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Kotkaniemi spent the last week on the NHL's COVID-protocols list but was cleared Monday. He'll saddle up at center on the third line between Paul Byron and Artturi Lehkonen. His usual mates, Tyler Toffoli (lower body) and Joel Armia (COVID-19), are unavailable.
Kotkaniemi cleared the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Monday, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
The Canadiens are scheduled to play the Oilers on Tuesday, and Kotkaniemi should be back in action for that game. After posting seven points through the first 10 games, Kotkaniemi has cooled off to the tune of eight points over 21 contests.
Kotkaniemi was still listed on the NHL's COVID-19 protocols list Thursday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
There's no telling when Kotkaniemi will be cleared to return, but the Canadiens are off until Tuesday against Ottawa, so there's a chance he won't be forced to miss any further game action. The 20-year-old pivot has picked up 15 points through 31 games this campaign.
Kotkaniemi was added to the NHL's COVID-19 protocols list Monday, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Barring a late change, this should rule Kotkaniemi out for Monday's matchup against Edmonton. The 20-year-old center has 15 points and a plus-6 rating through 31 games this season. He'll be questionable ahead of Wednesday's tilt with the Oilers.
Kotkaniemi scored a goal on two shots and added two PIM in Monday's 4-2 win over the Jets.
Kotkaniemi got the Canadiens on the board just 4:01 into the game. It was the Finn's fourth goal of the season. He's collected 15 points, 46 shots on goal, 38 hits and a plus-9 rating through 28 appearances. Kotkaniemi is on pace for his second 30-point campaign. He's posted two tallies and four helpers through eight games in March.
Kotkaniemi scored a goal on four shots, dished an assist and went plus-2 in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Canucks.
Kotkaniemi opened the scoring in the first period and set up Jeff Petry's third-period tally. In his last 10 games, Kotkaniemi has collected a solid two goals and five assists. Head coach Dominique Ducharme shuffled the lines ahead of Wednesday's game, earning Kotkaniemi a move to the listed second line. The Finn has 14 points, 43 shots on net, 36 hits and a plus-9 rating through 25 contests.
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|07/02||vs TB||L 3-6||0||0||0||-2||11:38|
|06/30||@ TB||L 1-3||0||0||0||0||15:29|
|06/28||@ TB||L 1-5||0||1||1||0||12:49|
|06/24||vs LV||W 3-2 (OT)||0||0||0||0||16:01|
|06/22||@ LV||W 4-1||1||0||1||0||14:04|
|06/20||vs LV||L 1-2 (OT)||0||0||0||-1||15:23|
|06/18||vs LV||W 3-2 (OT)||0||1||1||+2||15:28|
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