The Montreal Canadiens have been bitten badly by the injury bug to start the season, but may finally find some relief when they head out west to face the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche this weekend.
Douglas Murray returned to the lineup to play back to back games earlier this week, and news is that George Parros, Max Pacioretty and Alexei Emelin have all joined their teammates for practice this morning. Emelin is the only one of the three wearing a no contact jersey, meaning he is further from a return than Parros and Pacioretty, but Emelin is back on the ice sooner than expected, which is encouraging injury news for the first time this season for the Habs.
Patrick Holland was sent down to the Hamilton Bulldogs following the Canadiens victory over the Dallas Stars, which signaled someone was ready to take his place in the lineup, and judging by practice, it will be either Parros or Pacioretty.
Travis Moen, Daniel Briere and Brandon Prust all remain on the sidelines with injury, but having Pacioretty and Emelin, who are both major parts of this organization, one step closer to returning, is a huge boost for the Canadiens.
The Canadiens next game is tomorrow night, when they head to Minnesota to take on the 6-4-3 Wild.