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Weise out for Game 6, Emelin in doubt

5/29/2014



NEW YORK -- Montreal Canadiens winger Dale Weise is out for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday, although coach Michel Therrien would not confirm it's a concussion, saying only it's a "body injury."

Weise was hammered by an illegal check to the head by John Moore in Game 5, costing the Rangers defenseman a two-game suspension. Weise went to the "quiet room" but came back to finish Game 5. Therrien says concussion protocol was followed, and the NHL told ESPN.com on Thursday that the protocol was properly implemented.

The league regularly reminds clubs about the importance of following the concussion guidelines, stressing that it is one of the highest priorities.

Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin, who missed Game 5 with an undisclosed injury, did not take part in the morning skate Thursday. Therrien said he will be a game-time decision.

Canadiens winger Brandon Prust will return to the lineup after missing two games because of a suspension for his hit on Rangers center Derek Stepan.

If Emelin can't go, Nathan Beaulieu stays in. Beaulieu played alongside veteran Francis Bouillon in Game 5. Bouillon was asked Thursday morning how exciting the prospect is of a Game 7 at home Saturday night if his team can pull it off at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

"It would be incredible," Bouillon said. "It would be a unique experience. The big game to win is tonight, obviously. That’s where our focus is. But if we can win tonight, we go home to our fans, and the city of Montreal would be crazy."

If it happens, that Game 7 would be the biggest contest in Canadiens history since the 1993 Cup run.

As for Montreal's lines, it's kind of hard to predict with the loss of Weise and the amount of juggling in-game that Therrien has done. But here’s a possibility:

Max Pacioretty-David Desharnais-Brendan Gallagher

Alex Galchenyuk-Tomas Plekanec-Brian Gionta

Rene Bourque-Lars Eller-Brandon Prust

Michael Bournival-Daniel Briere-Thomas Vanek

Injured star goalie Carey Price once again took to the ice near the end of the Canadiens’ morning skate, took shots from his teammates for the first time, and worked mostly with goalie coach Stephane Waite for about 30 minutes. Therrien has said repeatedly that Price will not play in this series.