Even more Predators and Blue Jackets action is on tap for the next two afternoons.
The Preds (8-11-0) will embark on a five-game homestand that includes two meetings with Columbus, one with Carolina and two with Florida. Nashville has won two out of their last three games, but fell, 5-2 to the Red Wings, in their last contest. Goaltender Pekka Rinne made his third consecutive start in the game and recorded 27 saves in the loss.
On the injury front, Mattias Ekholm has been activated from Injured Reserve and is expected to play today. Brad Richardson (IR) has skated with the team for the past week.
The Blue Jackets (8-8-5) are 1-3-0 versus the Predators during the 2020-21 season. The teams split two games in Columbus in the last week.
Update: The Preds have activated defenseman Mattias Ekholm from Injured Reserve and recalled forward Eeli Tolvanen from the taxi squad. Additionally, defenseman Jarred Tinordi was claimed on waivers by Boston.
The Predators did not practice on Friday and did not hold a morning skate on Saturday. Below is a projected lineup based on Thursday's game:
Filip Forsberg - Mikael Granlund - Viktor Arvidsson
Calle Jarnkrok - Matt Duchene - Rocco Grimaldi
Nick Cousins - Ryan Johansen - Eeli Tolvanen
Erik Haula - Colton Sissons - Luke Kunin / Brad Richardson (IR)
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - Dante Fabbro
Mark Borowiecki - Matt Benning
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for this afternoon's game