The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs arrive tonight (at 8:30 p.m. CT) in Nashville when the Predators host the Dallas Stars for Game 1.
The Predators won their final three games of the regular season to claim the Central Division and set the stage for their first-ever postseason matchup with the Stars. Nashville has kept the same lineup for each of their last three games and in two days of practice this week.
Dallas returns to the postseason for the first time since 2016. Trade deadline acquisition Mats Zuccarello returned to the Stars' lineup on April 2 after missing more than a month with a broken arm.
Nashville held an optional morning skate on Wednesday ahead of Game 1. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on Tuesday's practice:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Mikael Granlund - Kyle Turris - Craig Smith
Colton Sissons - Nick Bonino - Austin Watson
Brian Boyle - Calle Jarnkrok - Wayne Simmonds
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban
Dan Hamhuis - Dante Fabbro
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game.