Artturi Lehkonen will likely replace Jake Evans on the Montreal Canadiens’ top line with Phillip Danault and Brendan Gallagher according to line rushes at morning skate.
Lehkonen à la place d'Evans.— Jonathan Bernier (@JBernierJDM) June 4, 2021
That was the only change at Friday’s practice, as the other forward lines have stayed the same. This will be Lehkonen’s first game since leaving Game 3 after the first period, playing 3:12.
Interim head coach Dominique Ducharme said that as long as Lehkonen remains 100%, he will draw in.
#Habs Dominique Ducharme says if Artturi Lehkonen continues to feel 100% by game-time, he will draw into the line-up for Jake Evans tonight in Game 2.— Priyanta Emrith (@HabsInHighHeels) June 4, 2021
Lehkonen replaces Evans’s ability to kill penalties as well as focus on play away from the puck.
It means that Tomas Tatar and Alex Belzile are among the extras at forward.
On defence, it doesn’t appear like there will be any changes. After a tough game for Erik Gustafsson, there was talk about potential changes but Alexander Romanov skated with Xavier Ouellet in practice.
This of course does not mean there won’t be any changes. Of note, prior to Jake Evans replacing Tatar in Game 6 against Toronto, Evans was an extra at morning skate while Tatar skated with the top line.
Game 2 starts at 7:30 p.m.