For the first time since the 2020 NHL Winter Classic, the Predators and Stars will square off.
Nashville (32-26-8) has lost three games in a row, but could rise as high as into a tie for the West's first Wild Card after tonight's action. The Predators will also be seeking revenge for a 4-2 loss in the League's premier outdoor game on Jan. 1. Overall, the Stars have beaten the Preds twice this season. Nashville will visit Dallas on Saturday to complete the season series.
Ryan Johansen, who missed Tuesday's game due to illness, was back on the ice for the Predators' morning skate on Thursday. Dan Hamhuis (lower-body injury; day-to-day) was also present.
The Stars (37-21-8) have also lost three straight, with the last two coming in extra time. Dallas sits third in the Central Division with 82 points.
Below is a Preds projected lineup based on Thursday's morning skate:
Colton Sissons - Ryan Johansen - Calle Jarnkrok
Filip Forsberg - Matt Duchene - Mikael Granlund
Rocco Grimaldi - Nick Bonino - Craig Smith
Yakov Trenin - Kyle Turris - Viktor Arvidsson
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Jarred Tinordi - Mattias Ekholm
Dan Hamhuis - Dante Fabbro
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game