The stretch run of the 2018-19 season comes tonight as the Nashville Predators return from the All-Star Split to face the Florida Panthers (at 6 p.m. CT).
Nashville (30-18-4) previous performed nine times in the past, a 2-1 gain in excess of the Golden Knights in Vegas. Considering the fact that that contest, the Preds misplaced defenseman Anthony Bitetto on waivers to the Minnesota Wild, and winger Austin Watson was suspended indefinitely immediately after currently being put in Stage Two of the NHL and NHLPA’s Material Abuse and Behavioral Health Application (SABH).
Forwards Kyle Turris, Miikka Salomaki and Zac Rinaldo all continue being on Hurt Reserve for Nashville. Rinaldo skated at Thursday’s follow when donning a non-call jersey. Turris and Salomaki have not nevertheless resumed skating with the workforce. The workforce also recalled ahead Colin Blackwell on Thursday.
Florida (20-20-8) also returns from their break immediately after previous actively playing and successful on Jan. 21. The Panthers beat the Preds, 4-2, on Jan. 19 for gain No. 2 in their present-day a few-video game successful streak.
The Predators held a total early morning skate on Friday at BB&T Centre. Below is a projected lineup primarily based on the session:
Filip Forsberg – Ryan Johansen – Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala – Nick Bonino – Craig Smith
Ryan Hartman – Colton Sissons – Calle Jarnkrok
Colin Blackwell – Frederick Gaudreau – Rocco Grimaldi
Roman Josi – Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm – P.K. Subban
Dan Hamhuis – Yannick Weber
Notice: The Predators have not declared a starting off goaltender for tonight’s video game