The Montreal Canadiens expect to have defenceman Alexei Emelin back from injury for Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
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Emelin was on the third pairing with Nathan Beaulieu at the team’s morning skate.
Coach Claude Julien said the Russian will take part in the pre-game warm-up and, if he still feels good, he should play. He would replace Brandon Davidson in the line-up.
Emelin missed the final two games of the regular season and the first four of the playoffs with an undisclosed injury.
A decision on Alexei Emelin’s playing status will come following the pre-game warmup tonight ahead of Game 5. #GoHabsGo