Scherbak and Farnham sent down; Desharnais skating in Brossard

FEB 07, 2016 : David Desharnais #51 of the Montreal Canadiens warms up prior to the NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Bell Centre on February 7, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Philippe Bouchard/Icon Sportswire)

David Desharnais has resumed skating since suffering a knee injury. (Phillipe Bouchard/ICON SPORTSWIRE)

The Habs made some minor roster changes following a 7-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild Thursday night. They sent Nikita Scherbak and Bobby Farnham down to St. John’s.

These moves suggested that the injured regulars were close to returning. Sure enough, Renaud Lavoie of TVA reported this Friday morning:

Whether or not David Desharnais returns to the lineup on Saturday is undetermined at this point, but it seems unlikely. Michael McCarron, Brian Flynn, Torrey Mitchell and Phillip Danault are all playing great hockey. With that, I think it would be difficult for Desharnais to grab a spot down the middle and the coaching staff will need to consider moving #51 to the wing. There were reports from last week that suggested that Andrei Markov, Alex Galchenyuk and maybe even Andrew Shaw were close to returning. As of right now, Shaw is listed as day-to-day.

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