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Habs lineup notes: Jesperi Kotkaniemi will be a healthy scratch in Winnipeg

The rookie will sit for the third time in his rookie year.

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

As the Montreal Canadiens prepare for a difficult four games to end the season, needing to take as many points as they possibly can, Claude Julien made a few lineup changes.

On Saturday night versus the Winnipeg Jets, Jesperi Kotkaniemi will be sitting out just his third game of his rookie season. The coach feels that he needs a different approach on the third line, and will therefore slot Jordan Weal in his spot.

Matthew Peca is in the lineup for a rare appearance in recent weeks, filling the hole Kotkaniemi’s departure created.

The Canadiens desperately need the two points from tonight’s contest. We’ll find out at the end of the day if the coach’s roster moves helped the team earn them.