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Just as the Montreal Canadiens were getting ready for the return of Rene Bourque, who skated on a regular line in practice today and is expected to draw into the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Capitals, the Habs have learned that top-4 blueliner Alexei Emelin is done for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee. The minute-munching Russian, who has spent his season to Andrei Markov's right, ranked third on the team in EV TOI/G and 2nd among D in CF%, with greater on-ice numbers than off-ice numbers. Emelin was really coming into his own this season and his absence will put pressure throughout the lineup, likely giving Davis Drewiskie and Francis Bouillon more responsibility. Also, the importance of Raphael Diaz, who by scoring chances performed at a top-4 clip earlier in the year, has grown with this news. The right-handed Swiss defender is still not practicing with the team, but Michel Therrien notes that Diaz is looking better now than he has in previous weeks. Overall, Emelin's injury is pretty disappointing and we wish him the best in his recovery. If you're bummed like I am, here are some links that will hopefully cheer you up.

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If, say, Habs defenceman P.K. Subban had hit the deck à la Chara on a similar jersey-tug Saturday, Bruins fans would have spontaneously combusted."

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    • Chris and Andrew deserve special recognition for their work last week. Andrew's April Fool's joke, which he worked on with Chris and the fine folks over at PPP, and Chris' Fenwick research were two of the biggest posts of the year. Over the last seven days, those two pieces did nine times the traffic compared to the third ranked article in the same time period! They are truly the P.K. Subbans of the blog. It's a fantastic accomplishment worthy of some love.