After having a day off on Friday, the Canadiens returned to the practice rink in Brossard Saturday as they prepare to face the New York Islanders in a rare Sunday game at the Bell Centre (6 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Alexei Emelin, who has been sidelined since last season after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery, took part in the full practice. He is slated to see the doctor on Monday and could return to the lineup within the next week. After Sunday’s game, the Canadiens play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday at the Bell Centre, are in Columbus to play the Blue Jackets Friday and then face the New York Rangers Saturday at the Bell Centre.
Emelin said he is 100 per cent healthy, but is waiting for his doctor to give him the green light. Coach Michel Therrien said the defenceman could play as early as Tuesday.
“I feel good; I’m hope I’m ready this week,” Emelin said.
Daniel Briere, who has been sidelined with a concussion, also took part in Saturday’s practice wearing a full-contact jersey.
The Canadiens announced on Saturday evening that they have recalled forward Gabriel Dumont and defenceman Greg Pateryn from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. Dumont has played in 12 games with Hamilton this season, recording four assists and 20 penalty minutes. Pateryn has played in seven games with Hamilton, posting 3-4-7 totals and eight penalty minutes.
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at practice Saturday:
(Photo by Dave Sidaway/The Gazette)