Joel Armia clears COVID-19 protocols; game-time decision for Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens forward Joel Armia cleared COVID-19 protocols and will be a game-time decision for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Acting head coach Luke Richardson made the announcement and said Armia was traveling by private jet to join his teammates in Tampa, Fla.

“Joel is on his way down here right now on a private jet,” Canadiens assistant Luke Richardson said after the morning skate Monday. “He got clearance so excited to have him join us, but we’ll have to make all those decisions on game-time because we don’t know when he’s getting here.”


Armia may still miss some time

Armia, 28, was placed in the COVID-19 protocols for the second time this season on Sunday.

Jake Evans replaced Armia at Monday’s morning skate on a line with Eric Staal and Corey Perry.

Armia has eight points (five goals, three assists) in 17 playoff games this season. He had 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 41 games during the regular season.

Canadiens interim head coach Dominique Ducharme has been in quarantine since June 18 following a positive test. He is expected to be able to rejoin the team for Game 3 on Friday.

–Field Level Media