Alexei Emelin will make his season debut for the Montreal Canadiens tonight when they take on the New York Rangers. Douglas Murray will be in the press box to make room for the aggressive and physical blueliner’s return. Emelin hasn’t played since April 6. He required reconstructive surgery after colliding with Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins, and hasn’t seen game action since.
As per NHL.com‘s report on Emelin’s return:
Emelin had the procedure to repair the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee in May. Until the injury, Emelin was enjoying a breakout season in Montreal, establishing career highs in assists (nine), points (12) and plus-minus (plus-2) in his second NHL season.
While the points are a nice plus, the Canadiens are glad to have Emelin back because of his physicality. They’ve been sorely missing his presence on the blue line since April, and have been eager to get the 27-year-old back in the lineup. After a long and grueling rehabilitation stint, Emelin will be back tonight.
#Habs playing 2nd gm of a back-to-back coming off a 3-2 shootout win in Columbus. D Alexei Emelin dresses for 1st time since spring (knee)
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) November 16, 2013
The Canadiens will be looking to win their second consecutive game for the first time this month after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets last night.