PREDATORS (51-18-11) at CAPITALS (48-25-7)
7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBCSWA, NHL.TV
The Nashville Predators can clinch the Central Division and Western Conference, and possibly the Presidents' Trophy, with a win against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Thursday.
The Predators lead the NHL with 113 points, three ahead of the Winnipeg Jets with two games remaining. Nashville would clinch the division and conference with a win of any kind.
Nashville, 3-4-1 in its past eight games after its team-record 15-game point streak (14-0-1), also can win the Central Division with one point against the Capitals if the Jets lose to the Calgary Flames in any fashion, or if the Jets lose in regulation.
The Predators also can clinch the conference if they get one point against Washington and the Jets lose in any fashion, or if Winnipeg loses to Calgary in regulation and the Vegas Golden Knights lose to the Edmonton Oilers in any fashion.
Nashville would secure the Presidents' Trophy for most points in the League with a win and a regulation loss by the Boston Bruins to the Florida Panthers.
A win by the Predators would give them 52 victories, the most in one season in their history; Nashville also won 51 games in 2006-07.
The Capitals, 11-2-0 in their past 13 games, have clinched first place in the Metropolitan Division. Center Alex Ovechkin, who did not practice Wednesday, will be in the lineup.
Players to watch
Predators forward Filip Forsberg has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his past nine games.
Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in his past six games.
They said it
"It was there last game, too, and we didn't talk about it. When we talk about those things we talk about home ice. That's what's important to us." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette on possibly clinching the Presidents' Trophy
"He stayed off, and that's why lineup-wise, we weren't sure what we were going to do until today once he feels 100 percent. So we're putting him in." -- Capitals coach Barry Trotz on center Alex Ovechkin
Predators projected lineup
Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala -- Kyle Turris -- Craig Smith
Colton Sissons -- Nick Bonino -- Ryan Hartman
Miikka Salomaki -- Mike Fisher -- Austin Watson
Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm -- P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin -- Matt Irwin
Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Scott Hartnell, Eeli Tolvanen
Injured: Yannick Weber (upper body), Calle Jarnkrok (upper body)
Capitals projected lineup
Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Tom Wilson
Andre Burakovsky -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly -- Lars Eller -- Devante Smith-Pelly
Chandler Stephenson -- Travis Boyd -- Alex Chiasson
Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen
Michal Kempny -- John Carlson
Brooks Orpik -- Christian Djoos
Scratched: Jakub Jerabek, Shane Gersich, Madison Bowey, Brian Pinho, Jakub Vrana
Injured: Jay Beagle (upper body)
Tolvanen will sit after playing in his first three NHL games. … Saros will make his fourth start in seven games. … Beagle will miss his second straight game.
At 5-on-5 the Nashville line of Forsberg, Johansen and Arvidsson has outscored opponents 31-15. … Niskanen will play in his 800th NHL game.