Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty could return on Sunday against the Ottawa Senators, coach Michel Therrien stated on Saturday. acioretty underwent an emergency appendectomy just eight days ago and was initially expected to miss three to four weeks after the surgery.
The 24-year old winger has been skating with the team and his return was expected to come sooner than expected, although just hitting the ice just eight days following the surgery is a bit of a surprise. Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars underwent the same surgery on Jan. 15 in 2012 and returned two weeks later on Feb. 1, so there is a bit of a precedent in players returning quickly from the surgery.
Pacioretty led the Canadiens with 65 points last season, as the young winger set a career high with 33 goals and 32 assists in 79 games. Appearing in just three games before undergoing the surgery, Pacioretty had four assists and 10 shots on goal.
The Canadiens face the Ottawa Senators on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, with coverage on CBC and RDS.