- Following Thursday night’s 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, the Canadiens held off-ice workouts at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Friday morning.
|Sven Andrighetto was among several players who met the media on Friday to talk about P.K. Subban being released from hospital.
- Just after 10 a.m. EST, the Canadiens provided a medical update on the health status of defenseman P.K. Subban who was carried off the ice in a stretcher late in the third period of Thursday night’s contest after coming into contact with fellow rearguard Alexei Emelin in the corner.
The Canadiens confirmed that after comprehensive testing, Subban had been released from the Montreal General Hospital late last night. He had sustained a non-serious neck injury on the play in question.
- During Friday's press conference, head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Subban would be “physically unable” to play on Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild.
“Under the circumstances, P.K. came out of the situation really well. After undergoing tests, he’s day-to-day. The health of our players is a top priority. That’s why he won’t be playing on Saturday night,” said Therrien. “He’ll undergo treatment. We’re not sure when he’ll be back in the lineup.”
- Subban, meanwhile, took to Twitter on Friday morning to reassure Canadiens fans that he's doing just fine.
- Needless to say, Subban’s teammates were also pleased to hear that the Canadiens’ No. 76 didn’t sustain a serious injury against the Sabres.
“There are a lot of bad thoughts that go through your mind when you see your teammate and your friend like that on the ice. You never want to see that in hockey. It’s unfortunate how it happened. It’s definitely tough,” said Sven Andrighetto. “Everyone was happy to see him at the rink today. We were relieved to see that he was o.k.”
Paul Byron shared similar thoughts with members of the media in the Canadiens’ dressing room.
“It’s good news for our team. He’s an important player for us,” said Byron. “It’s a tough thing to see, but everyone is happy to hear that he’s doing well and that it wasn’t serious.”
- With Subban sidelined for an undetermined period of time, Therrien indicated that the Canadiens should be calling up a defenseman – and likely a forward as well – from the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps at some point on Friday.
- Carey Price, meanwhile, continued his on-ice rehab work with goaltending coach Stephane Waite on Brossard's primary rink.