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Projected Lineup: Flames vs. Predators

Pollock Printing Projected Lineup: Pekka Rinne Returns From Illness, Connor Ingram Reassigned to Milwaukee

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Director of Digital & Radio Content

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:

Forwards

Colin Blackwell - Ryan Johansen - Colton Sissons

Calle Jarnkrok - Matt Duchene - Viktor Arvidsson

Rocco Grimaldi - Kyle Turris - Craig Smith

Filip Forsberg - Nick Bonino - Mikael Granlund

Defense

Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis

Jarred Tinordi - Mattias Ekholm

Dan Hamhuis - Dante Fabbro

Goaltenders

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

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

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