NASHVILLE - Head coach Bill Peters will be mixing things up this evening in Nashville.
The trio of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and Elias Lindholm will be reunited after being split up in the games against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday and the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.
Gaudreau and Monahan have spent the vast majority of their careers playing on the same line and the time apart, Peters believes, will be beneficial for the pair.
"I think it's like any other type of relationship, sometimes a little bit of separation goes a long way," the bench boss noted. "Now they have a chance to go back and play together but they've got to dig in. If you don't dig in, it's not going to happen. If you don't dig in and work and get pucks and win battles, it's not just going to magically happen in open ice."
Mark Jankowski will also return after missing the past two games as a healthy scratch.
"Janko will be good," Peters said. "We gave up a powerplay goal in our last game, missed him - a faceoff guy on the PK. So I expect him to be real good here tonight, and to be hungry. He should be hungry after sitting out twice. He should have a real pent up energy and want to prove that he needs to stay in the lineup. In order to do that, you just play well and you'll be in the lineup."
Video: "Sometimes a little separation goes a long way."
Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Elias Lindholm
Matthew Tkachuk - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik
Andrew Mangiapane - Derek Ryan - Sam Bennett
Milan Lucic - Mark Jankowski - Alan Quine
Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie
Noah Hanifin - Travis Hamonic
Oliver Kylington - Rasmus Andersson
The Predators will likely be making a lineup change this evening as well, with Filip Forsberg expected to return after missing the last six games with a lower body injury. If he is able to play, he is expected to skate on a line with Matt Duchene and Mikael Granlund.
Game time is set for 6:00 p.m. MT with Sportsnet carrying the television broadcast. The Flames will play in Columbus and Washington this weekend and will return to the Scotiabank Saddledome on Nov. 5, hosting the Arizona Coyotes at 7:00 p.m. MT. Limited tickets are available HERE.