The Nashville Predators have activated both winger Viktor Arvidsson and defenseman P.K. Subban from injured reserve today.

Arvidsson has missed the last 21 games with a broken thumb. He last played in the Preds’ 5-4 comeback win over the Stars on November 10th.

Subban last played in a 5-4 loss to the Sharks and has missed the last 19 games with an undisclosed injury.

For the Predators, this is big news. Though they’ve been able to stay afloat somewhat with four big injuries (Subban, Forsberg, Arvidsson, and Turris), they haven’t been close to the same dominant team. This team is expected to be at the top of the standings all season long and yet they’ve been barely above .500 over the last month.

It seems likely that Arvidsson would step back into his role alongside Ryan Johansen on the top line. Though Filip Forsberg is still out, this allows someone like Kevin Fiala to return to the 2nd line with Kyle Turris and Craig Smith. This was how the lines at practice looked this morning.

Subban should step right back into his role on the 2nd defensive pair with Mattias Ekholm.

Of course, it’s great news when any team gets a 30 goal scorer back on the ice. But the Nashville Predators have to be especially relieved with this news given their recent struggles, especially on the road.

And then to also get a Norris Trophy winning defensman back as well? That’s even better.

Expect Arvidsson and Subban to make immediate impacts on the ice should they be in the starting lineup tonight. The Preds take on the Stars at Bridgestone Arena at 7 pm.

— Featured image via Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports —

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