Predators activate P.K. Subban, Viktor Arvidsson from injured reserve

Nashville Predators' P.K. Subban, left, steals the puck from Calgary Flames' Dillon Dube during NHL hockey action. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

The Nashville Predators will receive a late Christmas present in the form of a healthy P.K. Subban and Viktor Arvidsson when they return from the NHL’s holiday break.

Both Subban and Arvidsson were activated from the team’s injured reserve and are expected to be in the lineup when the Preds host the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

Subban has been out since he sustained an an upper-body injury in a Nov. 13 game against the San Jose Sharks. The defenceman registered 12 points in the 18 games he played this season prior to getting hurt, averaging 22:43 of ice-time per game.

Meanwhile, Arvidsson hasn’t played since Nov. 10 as he was also dealing with an upper-body injury. The talented two-way winger was operating at a point-per-game pace prior to his six-week layoff.

The Predators went 9-9-1 without both players, but still sit second in the Central Division behind the Winnipeg Jets.

Nashville is a banged up group at the moment with forwards Filip Forsberg and Colton Sissons also on IR with their respective return dates currently unknown. The team also placed Yannick Weber on IR after the blueliner sustained an injury in a recent game against the Boston Bruins.

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