After happening 3-0 of their Stanley Cup Ultimate collection, modifications had been anticipated by the Montreal Canadiens.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi will probably be a wholesome scratch for Recreation 4 in opposition to the Tampa Bay Lightning, whereas Alexander Romanov will make his collection debut.
Jake Evans will slot in because the crew’s third-line heart.
“He and Paul (Byron), that is a line that we like and confirmed some actually good issues,” Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme stated of Evans. “We simply need to see these guys collectively. It is nothing in opposition to KK or anything. Now we have depth and we’ve choices.”
The Canadiens additionally modified up their ahead traces by transferring up ahead Josh Anderson to play with Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield. Tyler Toffoli will skate on the left wing with Phillip Danault and Brendan Gallagher. Whereas Artturi Lehkonen will skate with Byron and Evans.
Romanov and Brett Kulak will slot in because the crew’s third pair instead of Erik Gustafsson and John Merrill.
Kotkaniemi has 5 targets and three assists in 19 playoff video games through the 2021 postseason. He has been within the lineup for each sport through the Canadiens’ stunning run since he sat as a wholesome scratch in Recreation 1 of their opening-round collection in opposition to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Evans has one aim in 5 playoff video games.
Romanov has performed simply two video games within the 2021 playoffs after taking part in 54 regular-season video games with the Habs.
Kulak has one help in 11 playoff video games.
Ducharme stated Romanov and Kulak are “dynamic skaters” who can assist the crew on the again finish.
The Canadiens fell to the Lightning 6-3 in Recreation 3 of the Stanley Cup Ultimate on Friday.