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Nick Suzuki moves back to centre to replace concussed Kotkaniemi

Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin skates with the puck during NHL game against the San Jose Sharks at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Oct. 24, 2019.
Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin skates with the puck during NHL game against the San Jose Sharks at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Oct. 24, 2019.

NEW YORK — Nick Suzuki will be back at centre against the New York Rangers on Friday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) as coach Claude Julien juggles his lines following the loss of Jesperi Kotkaniemi to a concussion.

Suzuki will centre one of the bottom two lines, but Julien wasn’t forthcoming about who will be on his wings.

“The bottom two lines will sort them themselves out and you’ll see it come together pretty quickly,” Julien said.

Nick Cousins is likely to be with Suzuki, but the third member of the trio is a tossup.

Artturi Lehkonen and Joel Armia, who had been playing with Kotkaniemi, will join Max Domi on the No. 2 line.

Julien confirmed Kotkaniemi suffered a concussion when he was checked by Nikita Zadorov in the first period of Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Colorado.

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