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Projected Lineup: Blackhawks vs. Predators

Nashville Can Claim Second-Straight Division Title with Win

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Eighty-one games have decided that if the Nashville Predators win on Saturday night (at 7 p.m. CT) over the Chicago Blackhawks, they'll be Central Division Champions. 

Nashville (46-29-6) fought back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2, on Thursday. Coupled with a Winnipeg Jets' loss in overtime later that evening, the Preds' win puts them into first in the Central and ensures that if they claim two more points in their regular-season finale, they'll finish at No. 1. 

The Preds held an optional practice on Thursday, with Calle Jarnkrok participating. Frederick Gaudreau, Cody McLeod, Matt Irwin, Rem Pitlick, Yannick Weber, Rocco Grimaldi and Juuse Saros also skated. 

Chicago (36-33-12) was victorious last night at home over the Dallas Stars with a 6-1 win. Goaltender Corey Crawford left the game with an injury; Cam Ward replaced him. 

The Predators held a full morning skate on Saturday. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on the session:

Forwards

Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson

Mikael Granlund - Kyle Turris - Craig Smith

Colton Sissons - Nick Bonino - Austin Watson

Brian Boyle - Calle Jarnkrok - Wayne Simmonds

Defense

Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban

Dan Hamhuis - Dante Fabbro

Goaltenders

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

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

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