Same time, same place. The Predators and Blue Jackets square off at 2 p.m. CT at Bridgestone Arena today.
Defenseman Mattias Ekholm played the role of hero on Saturday afternoon, as his two goals in his first game back from injury lifted Nashville (9-11-0) to a 2-1 victory over Columbus (8-9-5). The contest was already the fifth meeting of the season between the clubs, with the Preds holding a 4-1-0 record in the matchups. Preds goaltender Juuse Saros made 29 saves in net to record his first victory since Jan. 27. In the third period, blueliner Mark Borowiecki exited the game with an injury and did not return, and there was no update on his status following the contest.
Nashville has won three of four games for the first time this season and could move within one point of Columbus with two games in hand with another victory this afternoon.
Update: The Preds have recalled defenseman Ben Harpur from the taxi squad.
The Preds did not hold a morning skate on Sunday. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on Saturday's game:
Filip Forsberg - Mikael Granlund - Eeli Tolvanen
Calle Jarnkrok - Matt Duchene - Rocco Grimaldi
Nick Cousins - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Erik Haula - Colton Sissons - Luke Kunin / Brad Richardson (IR)
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - Dante Fabbro
Ben Harpur - Matt Benning
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for this afternoon's game