Canadiens defenceman Greg Pateryn resumes skating

Montreal Canadiens' Greg Pateryn. (Gerry Broome/AP)

The injury-riddled Montreal Canadiens may soon be getting some relief as defenceman Greg Pateryn resumed skating on Tuesday.

Pateryn suffered a fractured ankle after blocking a shot during a game on Dec. 6 against the St. Louis Blues. His initial prognosis determined that he will miss up to eight weeks, which would put him pace to return at the beginning of February.

There is no timetable for his return, yet.

Still on the Canadiens injury report is David Desharnais (knee), Brendan Gallagher (hand) and Andrei Markov (groin). Markov has since returned to practice.

Montreal is slowly getting healthy. On Saturday, forward Alex Galchenyuk returned from a knee injury that sidelined him since Dec. 4.

In 19 games this season, Pateryn has one goal, four assists and a plus-one rating.

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