The Western Conference's two Wild Card teams square off in Music City as the Predators host the Flames tonight.
The Predators (31-23-8) have won the first two parts of their season-long five game homestand. Nashville topped Ottawa, 3-2, on Tuesday. The Flames and Preds have spilt their two previous meetings this season, with both visiting teams winning.
Goaltender Pekka Rinne returned to practice on Wednesday after missing the last two days due to illness. Netminder Connor Ingram, who was recalled on Tuesday under emergency conditions, was reassigned to the Milwaukee Admirals on Thursday.
Calgary (33-25-6) has won two in a row to start their five-game road trip, besting Detroit on Sunday and Boston on Tuesday. A regulation victory for Nashville tonight would put the Predators into the first Wild Card spot.
The Predators did not hold a morning skate on Thursday. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on Tuesday's game and updates provided to the media today:
Colin Blackwell - Ryan Johansen - Colton Sissons
Calle Jarnkrok - Matt Duchene - Viktor Arvidsson
Rocco Grimaldi - Kyle Turris - Craig Smith
Filip Forsberg - Nick Bonino - Mikael Granlund
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Jarred Tinordi - Mattias Ekholm
Dan Hamhuis - Dante Fabbro
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game