A new era begins in Nashville as head coach John Hynes manages his first game with the Predators tonight (at 7 p.m. CT).
The Predators (19-15-7) announced Hynes as their third head coach in franchise history on Tuesday morning. Nashville relieved Peter Laviolette and Kevin McCarthy of coaching duties on Monday evening. Whether Hynes will have Matt Duchene (illness) or Dante Fabbro (upper-body injury; day-to-day) at his disposal remains to be seen. Duchene participated in Tuesday's morning skate. Nick Bonino and Fabbro were absent.
The Bruins (24-8-11) sit atop the Atlantic Division. Boston fell to Nashville in overtime on Dec. 21.
Nashville held a full morning skate on Tuesday. Below is a Predators projected lineup based on the session:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Calle Jarnkrok - Matt Duchene - Mikael Granlund
Rocco Grimaldi - Colin Blackwell - Craig Smith
Yakov Trenin - Kyle Turris - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Yannick Weber
Jarred Tinordi - Mattias Ekholm
Dan Hamhuis - Matt Irwin
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game