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Canadiens' Subban won't play against Red Wings

Defenseman sidelined with neck injury since March 10

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / LNH.com Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban will not play against the Detroit Red Wings at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

It will be the ninth straight game Subban has missed because of a neck injury sustained March 10.

Subban has practiced with his teammates for nearly a week and was on the ice again Monday, taking a few rotations with his usual defense partner Andrei Markov.

But Subban remained on the ice after practice for extra work with injured forward Daniel Carr, who skated with the team in a non-contact jersey for the first time since he sustained a knee injury Jan. 25.

Subban said afterward he would provide an update if anything changes in his status, which is not yet the case.

"It's status quo," he said.

The Canadiens are 2-6-0 in Subban's absence, scoring 15 goals, allowing 31 and going 1-for-21 on the power play in that span.

Coach Michel Therrien said he expects Subban to play at some point over the final five games of the regular season following the game Tuesday against the Red Wings.

He also said he expects right wing Brendan Gallagher to be back in that time. Gallagher will miss his 11th game Tuesday with a lower-body injury sustained March 5. He has been skating on his own but has yet to practice with the Canadiens.

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