Subban out vs. Flyers; Gordon replacing Weise
P.K. Subban, Nashville's star defenseman, will miss Monday night's game against the host Flyers because of an unspecified injury.
Subban, who has seven goals and 17 points but a minus-11 rating, did not make the road trip.
"Obviously, he's a good player and a big part of their organization. Obviously, we're glad that he's out," Flyers right winger Jake Voracek said after Monday's morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center. "But I don't think for us it'll change any attitude or any approach to the game. We lost a game (Saturday), and we're on a losing streak right now."
Veteran Adam Pardy, 32, was recalled from Milwaukee in the AHL and is expected to replace Subban, who is averaging a staggering 25:03 per game.
Steve Mason (13-9-3, 2.76 GAA, .905 save percentage) will make his 16th start in the last 18 games for the Flyers, who are trying to bounce back from a 3-1 loss in Dallas that snapped their 10-game winning streak. It is the league's longest winning streak this season.
Boyd Gordon will replace Dale Weise (two goals in 29 games) in the Flyers lineup. Gordon has finished each of the last nine seasons with a faceoff percentage of more than 55 percent.
Despite Saturday's loss, "I don't think we're down at all," Voracek said. "We lost a game. It had to happen sooner (or later). We said it right away afterward in the locker room, 'We've got to make sure we regroup and get ready for Monday.' It's a quality league. It's the NHL. ... We had a good run, and now we have to have another one."
Voracek said "we've got to make sure we're ready to play because it's gonna be a tough game. It's always tough when you get back from the road."
The Flyers are returning from a 2-1 road trip to Detroit, Colorado and Dallas.
The Flyers, who scored a 4-2 victory in Nashville on Dec. 4, have won their last six home games. They have won four straight against the Predators, including two in overtime.
Lavy leery of PP. Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said the Flyers' power play is his biggest concern about tonight's matchup.
"We have to stay out of the box," the former Flyers coach said. "Their power play has been together. I know the guy who runs it (Joe Mullen). I know what he's trying to do. Even with that advantage, it makes it difficult to stop them."
In the teams' last meeting on Dec. 4, the Flyers were 2 for 5 on the PP, with Wayne Simmonds scoring both goals to spark a 4-2 win.
Breakaways. Goalie Pekka Rinne (12-8-4, 2.50 GAA, .916 save percentage) will start for the Preds.....During their 10-game winning streak, the Flyers outscored their opponents, 35-22, but were outshot, 316-293. The Flyers had 45 power plays compared to their opponents' 28 during the 10-game run. ... During their streak, Claude Giroux was plus-10, Ivan Provorov was plus-7, and Voracek was plus-6. ... Simmonds is tied for fourth in the NHL with 16 goals; he leads the league with eight PP goals.