While Thursday is an off day in Montreal’s series against Philadelphia, there has been some news from off the ice that will have an impact on Friday’s Game Six as the Habs will be without one of their top wingers and the Flyers will be missing a defenceman.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi was ejected early in the second period on Wednesday night for his boarding incident on Travis Sanheim. While the ejection meant that the league would have to look at it, Sportsnet’s Eric Engels reports that there will be no supplemental discipline from the Department of Player Safety. Accordingly, he’ll be good to go on Friday.
One player that did receive a hearing is Philadelphia defenceman Matt Niskanen for his cross-check on Brendan Gallagher in the third period on Wednesday. No penalty was called on the play at the time but Gallagher was visibly bloodied. Late Thursday, the league announced that he has been suspended for one game. Shayne Gostisbehere could be back in the Flyers lineup to take his place after sitting the last three games to make room for Robert Hagg.
As for Gallagher, he went for tests this afternoon. Those tests revealed that he has indeed suffered a broken jaw, as first suggested by TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie after yesterday’s game. It will require surgery. GM Marc Bergevin wouldn’t confirm how long Gallagher will be out other than that he has been ruled out for the rest of this series at a minimum.