The Canadiens will try to push the Rangers to the brink of elimination Thursday night at the Bell Centre, after the Blueshirts evened up the series on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
On Wednesday, Al Montoya, Andreas Martinsen, Brian Flynn, Michael McCarron, Nikita Nesterov and Alexei Emelin were the only players on the ice. Head coach Claude Julien indicated after practice that Emelin's situation would be reevaluated during the day, without confirming whether or not he would play. The Russian blue-liner has been hampered by an injury since the beginning of the month.
Emelin took part in the morning skate with the rest of his teammates on Thursday, skating alongside Nathan Beaulieu. Following the on-ice session, Julien spoke to Emelin, and the Russian rearguard confirmed that he felt fine. The Canadiens' No. 74 will take part in the pre-game warmup, and then a decision on his playing status for Game 5 will be made.
The Rangers took Game 4 by a score of 2-1, thanks to Rick Nash's second-period marker. Carey Price made 30 saves in the loss, compared to 23 for his Rangers counterpart.
Torrey Mitchell was the lone scorer for the Habs.
Meanwhile, Radulov's assist on Tuesday means that he has now scored at least a point in three consecutive games, for a total of six (2G, 4A) in the playoffs. He is tied with three other players for second place in League scoring.
The game will be broadcast on CBC and TVA Sports starting at 7 p.m.