Predators feeling nothing but optimism about P.K. Subban's recovery

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DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 29: <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/players/4558/" data-ylk="slk:P.K. Subban">P.K. Subban</a> #76 of the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/teams/nas/" data-ylk="slk:Nashville Predators">Nashville Predators</a> cools during a time out against the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/teams/col/" data-ylk="slk:Colorado Avalanche">Colorado Avalanche</a> at the Pepsi Center on November 29, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 29: P.K. Subban #76 of the Nashville Predators cools during a time out against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on November 29, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Despite the news that P.K. Subban will be out at least another 2-to-3 weeks with an upper-body injury, there’s only optimism coming out of the Nashville Predators organization regarding his status.

Subban feels that he’s improving as he follows his recovery protocol.

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“The good thing is that I’m seeing progress every day,” he said ahead of the Predators welcoming back former captain Shea Weber and the Montreal Canadiens to Bridgestone Arena Tuesday night.

Subban last played Dec. 15, after which the team decided that while he played through the injury for a few games, it was time for him to sit out. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported last week that the belief is the defenseman is dealing with a herniated disc, which could be dealt with through rest or surgery. The Predators are opting for the former, and GM David Poile is confident of a return within the announced timeframe.

“P.K. is going to be back, in my mind, in the next couple of weeks,” Poile said on Tuesday. “Hopefully if I get that date wrong, if it’s off, he’s still coming back. It’s not like he’s not coming back.”

Subban has been a relatively healthy player throughout his career, and now as he experiences a month or so out of the lineup, he’s trying to stay positive. While working out and doing some skating, he’s keeping up beat and maintaining positive energy around his teammates.

“I’ve been pretty lucky my whole career to be able to play in pretty much all the games. It just so happens that this is just the way it went for me this time. I’ve got to be a pro about it and just come to the rink every day and continue to get better just like I have,” he said. “Just having the right mindset I think is the most important [thing].”

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