Canadiens replace Emelin with Beaulieu on defense

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The Montreal Canadiens certainly hope that their notable roster change won’t be as noticeable as the New York Rangers getting Derek Stepan back, but it’s a noteworthy alteration nonetheless. They’ll see a defensive swap as Nathan Beaulieu replaces Alexei Emelin in the lineup.

Update: It appears to be an injury-related move.

The Canadiens likely hope this change isn’t noteworthy – neither player generally lights up the scoreboard, after all – but it might have a negative impact on other blueliners.