In Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final, everything is in progress. The Canadian coach Dominic Ducham took an interesting move on Monday to make Jesperry Kotkaniemi a Healthy scratches. Jake Evans (Jake Evans) comes on.
“This is not a punishment. Every player wants to play, they want to be on the ice. This is normal. We have 28 people now and they all want to be on the ice,” Ducham explained.
“We like KK. He played 75 games (total) this year and he has been showing good progress. He has performed well in the playoffs. This does not mean (because) that he will not play if he does not play tonight come back.
“He is a good team member. He understands the situation, even if no one wants to sit down.”
Kotkaniemi tied for second place in the playoffs with five goals, although his last goal was in the fifth game of the semifinal against the Golden Cavaliers. In his 19 playoff games, he also had 3 assists.
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In the third game on Friday, the 20-year-old sat on the bench for a long time and only rotated five times in the second and third quarters. According to Eric Engels of Sportsnet, he wore a black ace jersey during the skating game on Monday morning, but he was eliminated from the game on Sunday.
“Jack, he and (Paul Byron), this line shows some very good things. We don’t use it much in the playoffs, mainly because of injuries. And once we ran very well, “Ducham said. “We just want to see these three people together. Then from there, (Philip) Danno and (Brendan) Gallagher, (Nick) Suzuki and (Cole) Caulfield and Starr’s The lineup stays together.
“It has nothing to do with KK or anything else. We have depth. We have choice. That’s it. That’s it.”
Evans played three games against the Maple Leafs in the first round and was injured by Jets’ Mark Scheifele at the end of the first game of the conference finals. He participated in the first game against the Chargers. In these five games, he has a goal, that is, he suffered a concussion in the empty net.
Kotkaniemi was also scratched in the first game against the Leafs. The Canadians’ 2015 first-round (overall results) rookie scored 62 points in 172 professional games, including 20 games (5 goals and 15 assists) in 56 games this season.