According to Arpon Basu of The Athletic, Montreal Canadiens centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi sustained a concussion Thursday night, but did not suffer any other injuries.
Kotkaniemi left Thursday's game against the Colorado Avalanche with an upper-body after his head struck the ice following a hit from Nikita Zadorov. Following the 3-2 loss, head coach Claude Julien said Kotkaniemi would not be travelling with the team to New York for their game against the Rangers Friday night.
Julien said the hit by Zadorov was not a typical slew-foot, but added that he thought it was suspendable.
"To me, that’s a dirty hit.” Julien said.
The 19-year-old Finn has three goals and three assists over 21 games this season, his second season in the NHL.
The Habs selected Kotkaniemi third overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.