In an interview with Arpon Basu of NHL.com Pacioretty said, "It's good to finnally get some physicallity going, to take a couple of hits and give some as well. My neck's feeling great and I'm ready to go." After taking that hip check from Canadiens prospect, Alexei Yemelin, I believe him.
After a collision with Zdeno Chara, of the Boston Bruins, Pacioretty's head struck a stanchion and cracked a vertebra in his neck. Pacioretty did not play for the rest of the season.
Before his season was abruptly ended, Pacioretty had played in 37 games, where he scored 14 goals and totaled 24 points.
The Canadiens, in a division with the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins and playoff hopeful Buffalo Sabres, would benefit greatly if Pacioretty is in fact back to playing shape.