As Montreal looks to secure a playoff spot in the North Division, they’re doing so without several of their more prominent veterans who are out of the lineup with various injuries.  The team announced updates on the majority of those players and it appears as if most of them could be back for the postseason.

Goaltender Carey Price has resumed skating as he works his way back from a concussion suffered last month against Edmonton but there remains no timetable for his return.  In the meantime, Jake Allen will continue to shoulder the majority of the workload between the pipes.

Winger Brendan Gallagher has also resumed skating and remains on pace to return within the six-week timeframe listed a month ago when he was diagnosed with a thumb injury.  With the North Division schedule being extended due to their and Vancouver’s COVID-pauses, that could give Gallagher an opportunity to return at the start of the playoffs.  Meanwhile, Paul Byron has missed the last two weeks with a lower-body injury.  He remains considered as day-to-day but the team did not indicate that he has resumed skating yet.