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Calle Jarnkrok, Colin Wilson uncertain for Predators

Nashville forwards may not play in Game 1 against Blackhawks

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / Director of Editorial

CHICAGO -- Forwards Calle Jarnkrok and Colin Wilson will each be a game-time decision for the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, CSN-CH, FS-TN).

Jarnkrok, who missed the final game of the regular season against the Winnipeg Jets after sustaining a lower-body injury in the previous game against the Dallas Stars, took part in an optional morning skate Thursday. 

Wilson, who did not take part in the optional skate, missed the final two games of the regular season.

"Everybody would like a full healthy lineup, I think we are no different," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said.

Jarnkrok and Wilson played in the top-six rotation of forwards at times during the season.

Wilson had 35 points (12 goals, 23 assists) in 70 games and was the leading scorer for Nashville in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 13 points (five goals, eight assists). Jarnkrok had 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) in 81 games and had one assist in the 2016 playoffs.

Forward Kevin Fiala, 20, could see more minutes if either is unable to play. Fiala had 11 goals in 54 regular-season games and has played in one NHL postseason game (2015 against the Blackhawks).

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