Progress: P.K. Subban skates with Predators for first time since IR stint

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The Nashville Predators will host the Boston Bruins down quite a few players because of injuries, but this morning’s optional skate points to the light at the end of the tunnel.

The headliner is that P.K. Subban skated with his team for the first time since his injury on Dec. 15 and was placed on IR a couple weeks ago, but there’s other good news.

Injured forwards James Neal and Viktor Arvidsson also got in a skate, a sign that they might be on the verge of a return (although it doesn’t sound like either scorer will play tonight).

Predators GM David Poile did throw a little cold water on the situation with a dash of reality that Subban has a ways to go. On Jan. 1, it was estimated that he would be re-evaluated in two-to-three weeks, and Poile told The Tennessean that it will probably come “closer to three.”

Nashville faces a five-game road trip starting on Saturday, so while Subban’s absence is expected, the Predators have to hope for the return of one or both of Neal and/or Arvidsson.

Update: Hey, good news for Nashville; Arvidsson returned tonight. How about that.

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