Emelin registered a season-high five shots on net with two PIM and four hits over 21:30 of ice time during Tuesday's loss to Anaheim. Emelin has just a single goal and four points through 23 games this season, and he entered Tuesday's game averaging under shot per game (21 through 22 outings), so the shot uptick is best viewed as an outlier. He's a solid contributor in the PIM (27) and hits (80) columns, though, and a potential own in deep leagues including those categories.
Emelin had an assist, four hits and two blocked shots in 23:40 of ice time in Wednesday night's 3-2 win over the Islanders. Emelin is enjoying life on the top defensive pairing with Shea Weber, garnering assists in two straight games since being promoted. We're well aware of his value as a hitter -- he leads the Habs with 31 hits -- but alongside Weber and getting more time with the top lines, Emelin could raise his offensive profile. With three points in the first seven games, the Russian defenseman is on pace to better his previous career high of 17 points in 59 games during the 2013-14 season.
Emelin scored the first goal of the game in Montreal's 5-2 win over Arizona on Thursday. He also had a team-high five hits in 17:21 of ice time. We've become accustomed to Emelin doling out the punishment, but providing offense is rare. The Russian defenseman, who didn't score at all last season, unloaded a slap shot from the left faceoff circle to register his first goal since March 17, 2015.
Emelin led the Canadiens with six hits and had two blocked shots in 21:07 of ice time in Thursday night's 4-1 win over the Sabres. Hitting is Emelin's calling card and the Habs needed everything he had, particularly during a stretch when the Sabres were trying to get back into the game with physical play. When all bodies are healthy on the blue line, Emelin will receive third-pair minutes, but with rookie Mikhail Sergachev (11:48 TOI) dressing for Jeff Petry (leg), head coach Michel Therrien tilted playing time towards the veteran defensemen.
Emelin picked up two assists to go along with a plus-3 rating and five hits in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Lightning. Emelin has now reached the scoresheet in two straight, a short streak that the blueliner has now only built twice this season. The 29-year-old has yet to find twine in 68 appearances, but with just 12 goals in his career, not much is expected from the Russian around the crease.
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