PENGUINS (3-1-1) at PREDATORS (1-3-0)
8 p.m. ET; ROOT, FS-TN, NHL.TV
Penguins team scope
The Pittsburgh Penguins will break up the "HBK Line" of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. Kessel was moved to the top line alongside forwards Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin, and forward Bryan Rust joined Hagelin and Bonino on the second line. "[Rust] will get in on the forecheck, he'll push their [defense] back," Bonino said. "He's one of the faster guys on the team, too. He's got a good shot. You saw that in the [Stanley Cup Playoffs] last year. He's a smart player. Hopefully we just get the puck in their zone and play in the offensive zone." Defenseman Derrick Pouliot could be out long-term with a lower-body injury and defenseman Kris Letang remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. Captain Sidney Crosby (concussion) skated Saturday, and Sullivan said Pittsburgh will see how he responds. Defenseman David Warsofsky will be in the lineup after being recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.
Predators team scope
The Predators are battling food poisoning heading into the game. Forwards Ryan Johansen and Craig Smith missed more than half of a 5-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Friday because of illness, and Predators general manager David Poile said several players have been affected. "Last night we got into a situation where we suspect that we're dealing with some food poisoning in Detroit," Poile said. "I can't be too specific. Obviously we have a game tonight and we're doing some roster management right now. We'll have some more clarity, obviously, when we get closer to the game and at warmup, but we've got a lot of guys that are sick right now." It is unclear who will be available to play for the Predators on Saturday. Forward James Neal and defensemen Roman Josi and P.K. Subban addressed the media and said they felt good. Eight of Nashville's 10 goals this season have come on the power play.
Penguins projected lineup
Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel
Carl Hagelin - Nick Bonino - Bryan Rust
Scott Wilson - Matt Cullen - Patric Hornqvist
Tom Sesito - Eric Fehr - Tom Kuhnhackl
Brian Dumoulin - Trevor Daley
Ian Cole - Justin Schultz
Olli Maatta - David Warsofsky
Injured: Sidney Crosby (concussion), Kris Letang (upper body), Matt Murray (hand), Derrick Pouliot (lower body), Conor Sheary (eye)
Predators projected lineup
Calle Jarnkrok - Ryan Johansen - James Neal
Filip Forsberg - Mike Ribeiro - Craig Smith
Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher - Viktor Arvidsson
Cody Bass - Colton Sissons - Kevin Fiala
Roman Josi - P.K. Subban
Mattias Ekholm - Ryan Ellis
Matt Carle - Yannick Weber
Injured: Anthony Bitetto (upper body), Miikka Salomaki (upper body)
Fleury was the first goaltender off the ice for the Penguins at the morning skate and is expected to start. … The Predators did not hold a morning skate.
Malkin has five points (two goals, three assists) in five games for the Penguins. … Fisher has three goals in four games for the Predators.