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Projected Lineup: Sabres vs. Predators

Eeli Tolvanen Will Make NHL Debut for Predators Tonight; Austin Watson May Return

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators can make history in a variety of ways tonight when they host the Buffalo Sabres (at 7 p.m. CT).

A Preds' (50-16-11) win, combined with a Winnipeg Jets regulation loss (to the Toronto Maple Leafs) and Vegas Golden Knights loss in any fashion (to the San Jose Sharks), clinches the Central Division and a Western Conference regular-season crown. A Preds' victory would also tie the franchise record for wins in a season (51 in 2006-07).

Nashville held a full morning skate on Saturday and were joined by Austin Watson (upper-body injury; day-to-day) and Yannick Weber (upper-body injury; day-to-day). Per Head Coach Peter Laviolette, winger Eeli Tolvanen will make his NHL debut tonight. 

Buffalo (24-41-12) has lost five of six, including a 4-0 loss to the Predators on March 19. 

Below is a Preds projected lineup for tonight based on the session:


Eeli Tolvanen - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala - Kyle Turris - Craig Smith

Colton Sissons - Nick Bonino - Austin Watson

Scott Hartnell - Mike Fisher - Ryan Hartman / Filip Forsberg


Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban

Alexei Emelin - Anthony Bitetto


Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game

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