Brendan Gallagher will be returning to the Canadiens’ lineup Saturday night and everyone is hoping that he picks up where he left off before he suffered a concussion last week.

Gallagher lined up with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty at practice in Brossard and coach Michel Therrien said he was optimistic that would be one of his lines when the New York Rangers visit the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN-690 Radio).

“He still has to get the final okay from the doctor, but he looked good in practice,” said Therrien. “He’s been cleared for contact, but we won’t get the final clearance until the morning.”

Gallagher had a goal and an assist in last Saturday’s win over the Flyers but left the game after Luke Schenn hit him from behind in the third period.

“It was a hockey play,” Gallagher said when asked whether he felt Schenn should have been disciplined for the hit. “He texted me after and said he was sorry but it’s a contact sport and there’s going to be hitting.”

Everyone responds differently to concussion and Gallagher, who had a previous concussion during his junior career, said he felt fine the day after the collision.