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.
Le CH confirme que S.Gonchar sera de retour ce soir vs TOR.— Richard Labbé (@Richardlabbe) February 28, 2015
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.
#Habs Beaulieu will stay with Gilbert tonight. Gonchar will partner with Pateryn.— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) February 28, 2015
Secondly, Alexei Emelin is skating, albeit not with the team.
Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 28, 2015
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.
#Habs Parenteau remained on the ice with Weaver following morning skate. Not likely to return to action tonight.— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) February 28, 2015
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: