Report: Canadiens’ P.K. Subban could return next week

An unnatural and worried silence fell on the Bell Centre late in Thursday game as an unfortunate fall put P.K. Subban's head in the path of a teammate. Subban would need to be stretchered off the ice.

In a season short on good news, the Montreal Canadiens may have finally received some.

Defenceman P.K. Subban could return to game action next week, according to TVA reporter Renaud Lavoie.

Subban suffered a non-serious neck injury during a March 10 game versus the Buffalo Sabres.

The one-time Norris Trophy winner was stretchered off the ice after injuring his neck in a collision with Canadiens teammate Alexei Emelin in the third period of the Canadiens’ 3-2 win over the Sabres. He was released from a Montreal hospital later that night.

Subban was not in the lineup for the Canadiens game versus the Ottawa Senators Saturday night, marking the fourth straight game he has sat out.

Subban leads the Canadiens with 45 assists this season. The 26-year-old has six goals and 51 points in 68 games to go along with a plus-four rating.