The two Western Conference Wild Card teams clash in Nashville tonight (at 7 p.m. CT).
The Nashville Predators (36-25-11) are even in points with St. Louis and could reclaim third in the Central Division with win and a Blues loss tonight. The Calgary Flames (41-28-4) are in a nearly identical position to Nashville, holding the first Wild Card spot in the West and with an opportunity to move into third in the Pacific Division with a victory.
Three points separate the Preds and Flames in the standings as they meet for the final time this season. Nashville held on for a 4-3 win at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Jan. 19, while the Flames lost a three-goal lead and then claimed a 6-5 win in overtime on Feb. 21 in Music City.
Nashville held an optional morning skate on Thursday with Filip Forsberg, Vernon Fiddler (upper-body injury), Juuse Saros and 16 others taking the ice. Mike Fisher, who has not practiced the last two days, did not take part in the optional skate.
Below is the projected lineup based on Wednesday's practice:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher / Colton Sissons - Craig Smith
Kevin Fiala - Calle Jarnkrok - James Neal
Cody McLeod - Vernon Fiddler - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game