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Forward Joel Armia and defenceman Ben Chiarot have hit the ice before Habs practice this morning.
Armia continues to work his way back from COVID-19. He is out of quarantine but remains on the COVID-19 protocols list. This morning is the first time he skated since being placed on COVID protocols on March 22.
The 27-year-old has five goals and 10 points in 24 games this season.
Chiarot also skated this morning as he continues to recover from a broken hand. He injured it on March 10 against the Vancouver Canucks in a fight with Canucks forward JT Miller.
He has one goal and four assists in 25 appearances in 2020-21.
Head coach Dominique Ducharme said Chiarot, Armia and Carey Price are all getting closer to returning to action and will be evaluated further next week.
He also added that the team will have a better idea of the status of Brendan Gallagher’s broken right thumb early next week. It appears the team is still waiting for the swelling to subside to determine whether surgery is required and how long Gallagher will be out.
Habs lines at practice per TSN John Lu:
Victor Mete draws out of the lineup in favour of Otto Leskinen, who will make his season debut. The 24-year-old has one goal and 14 points in 23 games with the AHL's Laval Rocket this season. Leskinen appeared in five games with the Habs in 2019-20, recording zero points.
Jake Allen gets the start in net again against the Winnipeg Jets.
Tatar - Danault - Kotkaniemi
Perry - Suzuki - Toffoli
Drouin - Staal - Anderson
Byron - Evans - Lehkonen
Edmundson - Weber
Kulak - Petry
Romanov - Leskinen
Toronto Maple Leafs
Jack Campbell was in the home net at today's optional Leafs skate and is the projected starter tonight vs. the Senators. He is aiming for an NHL record 11th straight win to start a season (tied with Carey Price 2016-17).
No surprise, Jack Campbell was in the home net at optional Leafs skate & is projected starter tonight v Sens as he goes for an NHL record 11th straight win to start a season (tied with Carey Price 2016-17)— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) April 10, 2021
Still no sign of Frederik Andersen @TSN_Edge
No sign of goaltender Frederik Andersen at practice again. He hasn't been on the ice since March 19.
"There's no timeline to the injury," said head coach Sheldon Keefe. "It's just really a matter of Fred being comfortable with where he's at and how he's feeling."
Anton Forsberg is in the road net at Senators practice this morning and is the projected starter tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Anton Forsberg is in the road net & Senators skate & is the projected starter tonight v Leafs— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) April 10, 2021
Stopped 38 of 41 shots in an OT loss to Toronto on March 25@TSN_Edge
Sens forward lines and defence pairings at practice:
Tkachuk - Norris - Paul
Stützle - Amadio - Batherson
Formenton - Tierney - Dadonov
Dzingel - Bishop - C. Brown
Chabot - Zaitsev
Reilly - Zub
Brannstrom - Gudbranson
Coburn - J. Brown
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled forwards Zac Dalpe and Kole Sherwood and defenceman Scott Harrington from the taxi squad.
The team also added defencemen Andrew Peeke and Gavin Bayreuther to the taxi squad from the AHL's Cleveland Monsters.
Forward Mattias Janmark is scratched tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets as an "organizational decision", according to head coach Jeremy Colliton.
The 28-year-old has 10 goals and 19 points in 41 games this season.
Carl Soderberg draws back into the lineup and Kevin Lankinen will start in goal.