Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee, the team announced Monday.
Emelin, who is expected to have surgery on the injured knee, was hurt when he tried to hit Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic during Saturday’s game. Emelin bounced off Lucic and fell awkwardly, which caused the injury.
The loss of Emelin, who has three goals and nine assists in 38 games this season, is big for the Canadiens, who are already short on defencemen with Raphael Diaz (concussion) out. Yannick Weber recently returned from a knee injury.
Emelin’s spot in the lineup will likely be filled by rookie Nathan Beaulieu.
The Habs got some good news on the injury front. Forward Rene Bourque, who has been out with a concussion since Feb. 21, is expected to play Tuesday against the Washington Capitals.