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Emelin out week, Subban likely to play for Canadiens

by Sean Farrell /

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin is out with an upper-body injury, but P.K. Subban appears likely to play against the Florida Panthers at Bell Centre on Thursday.

Emelin will be sidelined at least for the next week after he was injured on his first shift in a 4-2 loss at the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.

Therrien brushed aside a report that the 28-year-old defenseman will be sidelined for six weeks.

Alexei Emelin
Defense - MTL
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 11 | PTS: 13
SOG: 34 | +/-: 10
"He's going to be re-evaluated next week to see if he is going to be able to play," Therrien said. "We're there right now."

Subban, who is averaging 26:03 of ice time per game, was hobbled after he blocked a Bobby Ryan slap shot late in the second period Wednesday. Subban returned for the third period and finished with 30:13 of ice time.

"I got so many thoughts during the game, you don't want to know," Therrien said. "No, when you're behind the bench you never think about the bad thing. You can always think about the positive and I was sure that P.K. was going to be fine."

Therrien could not confirm that Subban would be in the lineup against Florida.

"He looked not bad [Thursday] morning," Therrien said. "Obviously we didn't practice, and we think he's going to be all right, but we'll decide after warm-up."

The Canadiens recalled defenseman Jarred Tinordi from Hamilton of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. Therrien said he will be paired with Greg Pateryn, who played 15:11 in his season debut Wednesday.

Therrien said defenseman Tom Gilbert will be in the lineup Thursday, so expect defenseman Mike Weaver to draw into the lineup if Subban is unable to play.

Defenseman Sergei Gonchar was placed on injured reserve Thursday. The 40-year-old has not played since Saturday, when he sustained an upper-body injury after he was checked into the end boards by Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson.

"I spoke to him [Thursday] morning," Therrien said. "He's doing very well, so we hope he'll be able to return next week."

Therrien said right wing PA Parenteau would meet with doctors Thursday and is making progress. Parenteau has been sidelined by a concussion since Jan. 15.

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