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Projected Lineup: Predators at Bruins

Nick Bonino, Alexei Emelin Could Debut with Predators as Nashville Opens 2017-18 Season on the Road

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The wait for hockey is finally over as the Nashville Predators will open the 2017-18 regular season with road games in Boston and Pittsburgh. 

The Preds (0-0-0) and Bruins (0-0-0) split two contests last season, with Nashville winning at home, 2-1, on Jan. 12 and Boston claiming a 4-1 victory in Beantown on March 28. Tonight (at 6 p.m. CT), the Predators will begin what may be their most-anticipated season in franchise history as they attempt to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the second consecutive campaign. 

Nashville held an optional morning skate on Thursday in Boston, with Nick Bonino, Roman Josi and P.K. Subban among the participants. Below is a look at the Preds projected lineup based on Wednesday's practice:

Forwards

Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson

Scott Hartnell - Nick Bonino - Kevin Fiala

Miikka Salomaki - Colton Sissons - Craig Smith / Pontus Aberg

Cody McLeod - Calle Jarnkrok - Austin Watson

Defense

Roman Josi - Matt Irwin

Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban

Alexei Emelin - Yannick Weber

Goaltenders

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

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

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