Edmundson (undisclosed) paired up with Jeff Petry during Thursday's practice, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.

This is the first time Edmundson paired up with Petry in practice, yet another sign he's close to returning. That duo was a consistent pairing last season. Montreal head coach Dominique Ducharme was not confident that Edmundson could play Friday in Buffalo but added the defenseman is close. For what it's worth, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette characterized Ducharme as optimistic that the injured defenseman would return this weekend. If not Friday, then Edmundson could make his season debut Saturday in Pittsburgh.

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