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News and notes from practice: injury updates galore

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One injured player is back, another is rumoured to be close, and a third is skating.

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The Habs are practicing ahead of their meeting with the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, and a few tidbits of information are worth taking a look at.

First off, Sergei Gonchar will be back in the lineup this evening.

That confirms that Jarred Tinordi's demotion to the Hamilton Bulldogs was indeed to make place for Gonchar.

Gonchar will slot into the lineup beside Greg Pateryn, meaning that the pairing of Tom Gilbert and Nathan Beaulieu will remain intact.

Secondly, Alexei Emelin is skating, albeit not with the team.

This bodes well for his recovery, although we're still not entirely sure when he'll return to the lineup.

The only question mark remaining for tonight is P.A. Parenteau's status. He was rumoured to be ready to return for tonight's game, but indications from practice are that he's not quite ready.

Update: Parenteau has been medically cleared to play, but he will sit this one out.

Devante Smith-Pelly should be raring to go, seeing as how he'll be playing in front of some members of his family.

Here's what the forward lineup should look like against the Leafs: