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Projected Lineup: Hurricanes vs. Predators

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

Two teams just on the outside of playoff positioning clash in Nashville tonight (at 7 p.m. CT). 

The Predators (29-22-7) are the owners of a three-game winning streak, their first such stretch since October. Nashville sits three points out of the second Wild Card with four games in hand. 

The Hurricanes (33-21-4) are one point back from playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand. Carolina dropped their last game at home on Sunday, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers. 

Nashville held a full morning skate on Tuesday and were joined by Ryan Ellis (Injured Reserve). Ellis skated on a pairing with Matt Irwin, but did not join the top-six group on defense. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on the session:

Forwards

Viktor Arvidsson - Ryan Johansen - Mikael Granlund

Filip Forsberg - Matt Duchene - Kyle Turris

Rocco Grimaldi - Nick Bonino - Craig Smith

Calle Jarnkrok - Colton Sissons - Austin Watson

Defense

Roman Josi - Yannick Weber

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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