The Predators and the Coyotes will face off in the first-of-its-kind Stanley Cup Qualifiers series. The first team to three wins will advance to Round 1 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Nashville won their lone exhibition game on Thursday, a 2-0 victory over the Dallas Stars. Both goaltenders Juuse Saros and Pekka Rinne combined for the shutout and Viktor Arvidsson tallied twice. Saros started Thursday's game, but Predators Head Coach John Hynes was not ready to tell the media on Saturday who will be his Game 1 starter.
Hynes said his entire team remains healthy and every player is available to suit up for Sunday's matinee matchup with the Coyotes (at 1 p.m. CT; Watch: FS-TN, USA; Listen: 102.5 The Game).
Below is the Predators' projected lineup for Game 1 of the best-of-5 series:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Kyle Turris - Matt Duchene - Mikael Granlund
Rocco Grimaldi - Nick Bonino - Craig Smith
Calle Jarnkrok - Colton Sissons - Colin Blackwell / Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - Dante Fabbro
Jarred Tinordi - Yannick Weber
Extra: Dan Hamhuis
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for today's game