STARS (1-1-0) at PREDATORS (1-1-0)
8 p.m. ET; FS-SW, FS-TN, NHL.TV
Stars team scope
Forward Jiri Hudler will not play because of an illness. Goaltender Kari Lehtonen is expected to start. The Stars have given up eight goals in two games and will look to be better defensively against the Predators. They have scored nine goals but know that a strong offense can't carry them the entire season. "It starts with just getting back to the foundation of our team game, and that's playing well away from the puck," forward Patrick Sharp said. "We want to get our shot attempts up, we want to be an offensive team, we want to be a fast team, but we can't forget about what makes us successful and that's keeping pucks out of our net. We took a big stride last year in that direction, and it resulted in winning the division."
Predators team scope
The Predators' depth will be tested earlier than they anticipated with forward Anthony Bitetto out 4-6 weeks, and forward Miikka Salomaki to miss 6-8 weeks, with upper-body injuries. "Depth in any area of the game, whether it be in net or on defense, is a big part because injuries are a part of the game, and they're bound to happen throughout the year," defenseman Ryan Ellis said. "Obviously you don't want to get tested this early in the season, but it's bound to happen. It'll be a test, and hopefully we can be successful with it." Forward Cody Bass will make his season debut. The Predators have given up five goals in the first period through two games and want to start faster in that area.
Stars projected lineup
Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Patrick Eaves
Patrick Sharp -- Devin Shore -- Brett Richie
Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Jason Spezza
Curtis McKenzie -- Adam Cracknell -- Lauri Korpikoski
Dan Hamhuis -- John Klingberg
Johnny Oduya -- Stephen Johns
Esa Lindell -- Jamie Oleksiak
Scratched: Patrick Nemeth, Jordie Benn
Injured: Cody Eakin (knee), Jiri Hudler (illness), Ales Hemsky (groin), Mattias Janmark (knee)
Predators projected lineup
Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Kevin Fiala
Colin Wilson -- Mike Fisher -- James Neal
Viktor Arvidsson -- Mike Ribeiro -- Craig Smith
Cody Bass -- Colton Sissons -- Calle Jarnkrok
Roman Josi -- P.K. Subban
Mattias Ekholm -- Ryan Ellis
Matt Carle -- Yannick Weber
Injured: Anthony Bitetto (upper body), Miikka Salomaki (upper body)
Spezza will move to the Stars' third line on the right wing. … Lindell and Oleksiak will be the third defensive pairing with Nemeth and Jordie Benn coming out of the lineup. … The Predators are playing their third consecutive game within the Central Division after splitting games with the Chicago Blackhawks. … Nashville held an optional morning skate. … Rinne is expected to start for the Predators. … Bass will take Salomaki's spot on the Predators' fourth line.
Seguin leads Dallas with two goals in two games and is tied for the Stars lead with three points. … Subban has one goal and one assist, and has earned a point in each of his two games played.