Game No. 1 of 82 is here. The Nashville Predators (0-0-0) begin a four-game homestand by hosting the Minnesota Wild (0-0-0) at 7 p.m. CT.
Center Matt Duchene is expected to make his Predators' debut alongside Filip Forsberg and Mikael Granlund; while Ryan Johansen will center a new-look first line, featuring Craig Smith and Viktor Arvidsson. Tonight marks the Predators first time opening a season at home since October 2016.
The Wild open their 2019-20 season with a two-game road trip. They've lost five consecutive games to the Predators.
The Predators held an optional morning skate at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on Wednesday's full practice, which featured all 22 players on the roster:
Craig Smith - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Filip Forsberg - Matt Duchene - Mikael Granlund
Rocco Grimaldi - Kyle Turris - Calle Jarnkrok
Colton Sissons - Nick Bonino - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - Dante Fabbro
Dan Hamhuis - Yannick Weber
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game