The biggest regular-season game in franchise history is here for the Nashville Predators, as they take on the Dallas Stars in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic (at 1 p.m. CT).
Nashville (18-14-6) dropped both games of a home-and-home series with the Pittsburgh Penguins to close out 2019. The club is three points out of a playoff spot with multiple games in hand. The Preds were without Colton Sissons (lower-body; Injured Reserve) and Dan Hamhuis (upper-body injury) for Saturday's game in Pittsburgh. Hamhuis resumed skating with the team on Monday and practiced at the Cotton Bowl on Tuesday.
Dallas (22-14-4) will host the first NHL Winter Classic between two southern teams. The Stars have won two in a row overall, including a comeback victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.
The Preds held a practice at Cotton Bowl Stadium on Tuesday evening, but will not hold a morning skate. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on Tuesday's skate:
Calle Jarnkrok - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Filip Forsberg - Matt Duchene - Mikael Granlund
Rocco Grimaldi - Nick Bonino - Craig Smith
Colin Blackwell / Yakov Trenin - Kyle Turris - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - Dante Fabbro
Dan Hamhuis - Matt Irwin
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for today's game