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P.K. Subban to return for Predators

Defenseman will play vs. Oilers after missing 16 games with upper-body injury @NHLdotcom

The Nashville Predators activated defenseman P.K. Subban from injured reserve Friday and he is expected him to play against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place (9 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-TN, NHL.TV).

Subban has missed 16 games with an upper-body injury after scoring seven goals and 17 points in Nashville's first 29 games. The Predators also have been playing without defenseman Roman Josi, who's on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.

"I think you come to the point where, it's a general consensus," Subban said of returning Friday. "It's not just on me, it's also on the coaching staff and the training staff. The one thing that this organization does, they do everything right, right from the start. Right from the day that I knew I was coming out of the lineup they took the right steps in making sure that we're moving in the right direction.

"Right from that moment, to getting me back as soon as possible, and more importantly, as soon as my body was ready to do it. [I was] giving them feedback on how I felt after workouts, how I felt after training. Then we came to a consensus this morning, I told them last night, I'll take the morning skate and see how I felt this morning and everything was good. So we all decided that I was good to go." 

Subban was voted captain of the Central Division team for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Jan. 29.

Nashville (21-17-7) begins play Friday holding the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

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