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Josi could return; Wilson to play against Nashville for first time since offseason trade

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

AVALANCHE (4-2-0) at PREDATORS (2-2-1)

8 p.m. ET; ALT, FS-TN, NHL.TV


The Game

Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi, who has missed the past three games with a lower-body injury, participated in the optional morning skate and could return against the Colorado Avalanche at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

The Predators could be without center Nick Bonino who did not practice Monday or participate in the morning skate Tuesday. Nashville recalled forward Frederick Gaudreau from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League and placed defenseman Yannick Weber (upper body) on injured reserve.

Colorado forward Colin Wilson will play against Nashville for the first time since he was traded to the Avalanche on July 1. Wilson spent eight seasons with the Predators.

Colorado will try to win at Bridgestone Arena for the first time since March 28, 2016 (0-3-0).

Players to watch

Avalanche forwards Matt Duchene and Sven Andrighetto each has six points (three goals, three assists) in six games.

Predators forward Filip Forsberg has seven points (five goals, two assists) in five games.

Defenseman P.K. Subban has seven points (one goal, six assists) in five games.


They said it

"It's a different feeling. I remember when [Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber] got traded away and when he played here said it was just very different coming to this side of the locker room, coming out of the tunnel that way and suddenly being on the opposing side. There's going to be a lot of mixed emotions during it." -- Avalanche forward Colin Wilson on facing his former team

"I think just maybe from the run that we were on last year, not that we were taking it lightly, but to kind of get fired up and stuff like that, the last few games we've been playing really good. Hopefully we carry it on into tonight." -- Predators forward Cody McLeod on the team playing better each game

Avalanche projected lineup

Sven Andrighetto -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen

Alexander Kerfoot -- Matt Duchene -- Nail Yakupov

Gabriel Landeskog -- J.T. Compher -- Colin Wilson

Carl Soderberg -- Tyson Jost -- Blake Comeau

Nikita Zadorov -- Erik Johnson

Anton Lindholm -- Tyson Barrie

Mark Barberio -- Chris Bigras

Semyon Varlamov

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Matt Nieto, Andrei Mironov

Injured: Patrik Nemeth (shoulder)


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Scott Hartnell -- Calle Jarnkrok -- Kevin Fiala

Colton Sissons -- Frederick Gaudreau -- Craig Smith

Cody McLeod -- Austin Watson -- Pontus Aberg

Roman Josi -- Mattias Ekholm

Alexei Emelin -- P.K Subban

Matt Irwin -- Anthony Bitetto

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Miikka Salomaki, Samuel Girard

Injured: Ryan Ellis (knee), Nick Bonino (undisclosed), Yannick Weber (upper body)


Status report

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said Nemeth is day to day. … Subban participated in the morning skate after not practicing Monday.


Stat pack

Duchene has 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 30 career games against the Predators. … The Predators have a six-game winning streak against the Avalanche.

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