• Does his job

    News: Alexei Emelin had three hits and five blocked shots while finishing minus-2 in Saturday night's preseason finale against the Senators.
    Analysis: Alexei Emelin finishes up the preseason as the Canadiens' leader in hits, a feat he's accomplished the last four regular seasons with Montreal. He'll be one of the Habs' top-six defensemen when the curtain opens on the season Wednesday in Toronto.
  • Habs' Emelin Registers Assist In Game 3

    News: Alexei Emelin recorded an assist in Sunday's Game 3 victory over the Senators.
    Analysis: It's the only point of the series thus far for Alexei Emelin, who has provided most of his value to the Habs as a hitter and shot blocker. Because he can't be relied upon for consistent offense, Emelin won't make for an intriguing fantasy blue line option in daily formats during the postseason.
  • Habs' Emelin Scores And Hits

    News: Alexei Emelin scored his third goal of the season and had four hits in Tuesday night's win over the Panthers. He also blocked two shots in 18:46.
    Analysis: Alexei Emelin was playing his first back-to-back set since returning from a shoulder injury. His physical style will be needed once the postseason rolls around.
  • Habs' Emelin Returns

    News: Alexei Emelin (shoulder) returned to the active lineup Monday, skating 19:12 with three hits in a 4-2 loss to the Lightning.
    Analysis: Alexei Emelin had been out of the lineup since suffering a shoulder injury in mid-February. As he acclimates to game conditions, Emelin should be a good source of hits. Even with the time missed, Emelin remains the team leader in hits with 160 in 56 games played.
  • Habs' Emelin Set To Return

    News: Alexei Emelin (shoulder) is slated to play Monday against the Lightning.
    Analysis: Alexei Emelin, who checks back into action with 13 points and 53 PIM in 55 games to date, is thus slated to officially come off IR in advance of Monday's contest.
  • Habs' Emelin Won't Play Saturday

    News: Alexei Emelin (shoulder) will not play Saturday against the Islanders, Jessica Rusnak of TSN Radio 690 reports.
    Analysis: The Canadiens are still expecting Alexei Emelin back at some point during their three-game road trip, but he'll be a spectator for the first contest. Emelin's next chance to play will come Monday in Tampa Bay, but he'll have to show some notable improvement with his condition in order for coach Michel Therrien to consider using him.
  • Habs' Emelin Should Play On Trip

    News: Alexei Emelin (shoulder) will not play Thursday, but should be activated at some point during Montreal's three-game road trip beginning Saturday against the Islanders, the Montreal Gazette reports.
    Analysis: Alexei Emelin has been cleared to play, but remains on injured reserve. After Saturday's game, the Canadiens have games Monday (at Tampa Bay) and Tuesday (at Florida).
  • Habs' Emelin Still Out

    News: Alexei Emelin (shoulder) has been ruled out for the Habs' next two games, Tuesday against the Lightning and Thursday against the Sens, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
    Analysis: Per the report, the earliest that Alexei Emelin might return would be for Saturday's game against the Islanders.
  • Habs' Emelin Still Sidelined

    News: Alexei Emelin (shoulder) won't play Tuesday against the Lightning, TSN Radio 690's Jessica Rusnak reports.
    Analysis: That said, the report notes that Alexei Emelin is close to returning to action and is thus day-to-day in advance of Thursday's game against the Sens.
  • Habs' Emelin Dons Full-Contact Jersey

    News: Alexei Emelin (shoulder) took full contact at Friday's practice, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
    Analysis: Alexei Emelin had been limited to skating on his own earlier in the week, so his return to practice demonstrates that he's taken a step forward in the recovery process. It seems unlikely that the Canadiens would sign off on his return to the lineup Saturday against the Coyotes, but with a couple more days to practice, Emelin could be ready to go for Tuesday's tilt with the Lightning.