CANUCKS (14-16-3) at PREDATORS (20-10-1)
8 p.m. ET; SNP, FS-TN, NHL.TV
Kyle Turris will return to the Nashville Predators lineup against the Vancouver Canucks at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.
The 29-year-old forward centered a line with Calle Jarnkrok and Craig Smith during the morning skate. Turris missed eight games with an undisclosed injury, and the Predators went 4-4-0 in his absence.
The Canucks have won three consecutive games and have outscored their opponents 14-6 during that span. The streak started with a 5-3 win against the Predators at Rogers Arena.
Players to watch
Canucks forward Elias Pettersson has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) during a four-game point streak.
Predators forward Craig Smith has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past five games.
They said it
"Let's hope so because they're a team with a lot of character. They're a team that most guys went to the Stanley Cup Final, conference final and everything so you know they're a good team with a lot of character and they're going to come strong tonight. They're well-coached, they're experienced, so I'm expecting a very tough game." -- Canucks forward Antoine Roussel on if Vancouver can build on their win against the Predators on Dec. 6
"We have a team full of character individuals. Everybody steps up when we need them to. With [forwards Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg and defenseman P.K. Subban] all being out, we had a lot of guys step up. It just speaks to the depth of our team." -- Predators forward Kyle Turris
Canucks projected lineup
Nikolay Goldobin -- Bo Horvat -- Jake Virtanen
Josh Leivo -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser
Antoine Roussel -- Markus Granlund -- Loui Eriksson
Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Tyler Motte
Alexander Edler -- Christopher Tanev
Ben Hutton -- Erik Gudbranson
Derrick Pouliot -- Troy Stecher
Scratched: Michael Del Zotto, Alex Biega
Injured: Adam Gaudette (illness), Brandon Sutter (shoulder), Sven Baertschi (concussion)
Predators projected lineup
Ryan Hartman -- Ryan Johansen -- Kevin Fiala
Calle Jarnkrok -- Kyle Turris -- Craig Smith
Colton Sissons -- Nick Bonino -- Austin Watson
Miikka Salomaki -- Frederick Gaudreau -- Rocco Grimaldi
Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis
Dan Hamhuis -- Mattias Ekholm
Matt Irwin -- Yannick Weber
Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Zac Rinaldo
Injured: Filip Forsberg (upper body), P.K. Subban (upper body), Viktor Arvidsson (broken thumb)
Baertschi participated in the morning skate wearing a non-contact jersey. … The Predators reassigned forward Eeli Tolvanen to the Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Thursday.
Boeser has three goals in his past two games. … Josi has four assists in a four-game point streak.