P.K. Subban hasn’t played a game for the Nashville Predators since December 15 due to an upper-body injury. One January 1st, he was placed on the IR, with the team saying he’d be re-evaluated in two-to-three weeks.
Well, the two-week mark is approaching and while its still unknown as to when exactly the Predators defenseman will return to the ice, there was glimmer of hope on Thursday morning when the 27-year-old was present for the optional morning skate Nashville held ahead of its home game against Boston on Thursday night.
Subban won’t play Thursday and the timetable for his return still is unknown, but him being on the ice for the morning skate is at the very least a reason for optimism.
The Predators have gone 5-4-3 in the 12 games Subban has missed. Nashville is one point out of the second Wildcard spot in the Western Conference with 43 points, good for 10th place in the conference standings.
With Subban in the lineup, however, it wasn’t like the Preds were world-beaters, with a 13-12-4 record in the 29 games prior to Subban being sidelined, all of which Subban was in the lineup for. A team expected to be a contender in the West in the aftermath of trades for Ryan Johansen (last January) and Subban in addition to pushing eventual Stanley Cup finalist San Jose to a seventh game in the 2016 Western Conference semifinals, Nashville has been one of the bigger disappointments in the league this season. While he’s averaged more than 25 minutes of ice-time per night and had 17 points in the 29 games he’s played, Subban was a team-low minus-11.
Subban has never played fewer than 68 games in a season since breaking into the league on 2010.