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Forsberg expected back in Nashville lineup; Jankowski to return for Calgary

by Robby Stanley / Independent Correspondent

FLAMES (6-6-2) at PREDATORS (8-3-1)



The Game

Filip Forsberg is expected to return to the lineup for the Nashville Predators against the Calgary Flames at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

Forsberg has missed the past six games with a lower-body injury. The Predators have won four consecutive games and have outscored their opponents 16-3 during the winning streak.

Goalie Pekka Rinne is expected to start for Nashville. He has two consecutive shutouts and hasn't allowed a goal in 135:56.

Center Mark Jankowski, scratched the past two games, is expected to play for the Flames, who are 0-1-1 to start a five-game road trip.


Players to watch

Flames forward Elias Lindholm has four points (three goals, one assist) during a four-game point streak.

Predators forward Nick Bonino had a natural hat trick in a 3-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.


They said it

"I want to go in there and I want to prove that I should be in the lineup every night and that I can help the team win. I definitely want to go out there and prove that." -- Flames forward Mark Jankowski

"He's got a long stick and he gets a lot of leverage on it but it doesn't give up anything with his hands either, which is impressive. For me, I know if I have the puck and he's open, I know that it's got a darn good chance of going in. It'll be fun to get him back." -- Predators center Matt Duchene on Filip Forsberg


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Milan Lucic -- Mark Jankowski -- Alan Quine

Andrew Mangiapane -- Derek Ryan -- Sam Bennett

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington -- Rasmus Andersson

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Michael Stone, Tobias Rieder

Injured: Austin Czarnik (lower body)


Predators projected lineup

Calle Jarnkrok -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Filip Forsberg -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Colton Sissons -- Kyle Turris -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Matt Irwin

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Yannick Weber, Miikka Salomaki

Injured: None


Status report

Lindholm moved from center back to the wing with Jankowski entering the lineup. … Turris moved from the wing on Duchene's line to center on the fourth line with Sissons shifting to wing in place of Salomaki.


Stat pack

Gaudreau has 21 points (three goals, 18 assists) in 15 games against the Predators. … Forsberg has 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in 15 games against the Flames.

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