Caufield to play for Canadiens against Maple Leafs in Game 3


Cole Caufield will play for the Montreal Canadiens against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup First Round on Monday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN, CBC, SN TVAS).

The 20-year-old forward replaces Eric Staal, who Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme said is not 100 percent.

was a healthy scratch the first two games of the best-of-7 series, which is tied 1-1. Caufield scored four goals in 10 games after his NHL debut April 26 and could be an asset for an offense that’s scored three goals despite 53 shots against Maple Leafs goalie Jack Campbell. 

Ducharme said Sunday that “it’s possible” there would be a change in the lineup for Game 3. 

“Looking at the lineup, from top to bottom and every position,” Ducharme said. “It’s not only sometimes a question of one guy, it’s how guys can fit together. So we’ll see who we will see [Monday].”

Caufield agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract March 27 after two seasons at the University of Wisconsin. He won the Hobey Baker Award voted as top men’s player in NCAA Division I ice hockey this season and scored four points (three goals, one assist) in two games for Laval in the American Hockey League before joining the Canadiens.

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