Just 20 seconds into the Montreal Canadiens' game against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, Alexei Emelin went to line up Mark Stone for a hit along the boards, but seemed to realize that it would be interference, and let up, but fell awkwardly into the boards.
The way Emelin fell, with his elbow catching against the boards and forcing his arm up in his shoulder socket. It's the kind of play that makes you wince, especially if you've ever had a shoulder injury yourself. As reported first by Eric Engels, Emelin won't be back in the Habs' lineup for awhile, as he suffered a shoulder injury, but will not require surgery.
According to Engels, Emelin is currently wearing a sling on his arm, and could be out as long as six weeks, which would mean a possible return date of April 1. That would leave just five games left for him to get up to speed before the playoffs.
The big beneficiary of this situation though, is Jarred Tinordi. After spending most of the season in the American Hockey League, Tinordi will now be the resident big, physical defenseman on the Habs' blueline. However unlike most of the players who have filled this role for Montreal the last several year, Tinordi is an efficient puck-mover and very mobile. This represents a serious opportunity for Tinordi to take a top-six spot permanently.