For the first time in several years, the Nashville Predators will hold a White Out for their game against the Buffalo Sabres (at 7 p.m. CT).
Nashville (21-18-7) will wear their NHL Winter Classic jerseys at home, while 17,000-plus fans will be given white T-shirts to complete the effect. Tonight's contest is the Preds' final game before an extended break; the club will return to action on Monday, Jan. 27 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Preds lost to the Ducks, 4-2, on Thursday and have dropped two games in row.
On Friday, the Preds reassigned forward Yakov Trenin, as well as defensemen Alexandre Carrier and Jarred Tinordi, to Milwaukee (AHL).
The Sabres (22-19-7) are hosting their Fathers Trip and have won three-straight games, including the first stop of the trip in Dallas (4-1 victory over the Stars). Buffalo topped Nashville in a back-and-forth affair, 4-3, on Dec. 12.
The Preds did not hold hold a morning skate on Saturday. Below is a Predators projected lineup based on Friday's practice:
Calle Jarnkrok - Ryan Johansen - Craig Smith
Filip Forsberg - Matt Duchene - Mikael Granlund
Rocco Grimaldi - Nick Bonino - Viktor Arvidsson
Colin Blackwell - Kyle Turris - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Yannick Weber
Mattias Ekholm - Dante Fabbro
Dan Hamhuis - Matt Irwin
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game