Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher has good chance to return against Sabres


Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (Chris O'Meara/CP/AP)

The Montreal Canadiens say there’s a good chance forward Brendan Gallagher will be in the lineup Thursday when the Canadiens visit the Buffalo Sabres, but will have to keep waiting for Jonathan Drouin.

Julien confirmed on Wednesday that both players are making the trip to Buffalo, but he only expects Gallagher to play.

Gallagher has been dealing with concussion-related issues for nearly a month. He was initially diagnosed with a concussion after a game on New Year’s Eve, but returned four games later only to begin suffering from headaches after his return against the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 9. He has missed 10 total games due to the concussion.

The Canadiens winger has 15 goals and 32 points in 41 games this season. He sits second on the team in goals behind Tomas Tatar.

Drouin has been out since Nov. 15 after having surgery to treat a wrist injury. He returned to practice at the beginning of January but will have to wait a little longer before making his return to the lineup.

The St-Agathe, Que., native had seven goals and 15 points in 19 games before suffering the injury.

The Canadiens currently sit sixth in the Eastern Conference wild-card race, 10 points out of a playoff spot.

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