Three points separate the Nashville Predators and Flames prior to their meeting tonight in Calgary (at 8 p.m. CT).
Nashville (25-20-7) started their four-game road trip with a 2-1 win in overtime in Winnipeg on Tuesday. The two points place the Preds three points out of the Western Conference's final Wild Card spot (held by the Flames); Nashville also has two games in hand.
Calle Jarnkrok has missed the past three games with illness, but was on the ice for the team's morning skate at Scotiabank Saddledome. Ryan Ellis (Injured Reserve) was back on the ice as well, but is not expected to play tonight.
The Flames (27-21-6) are winless in the month of February, including a 3-1 loss to the Sharks on Tuesday. Calgary topped Nashville, 6-5 in overtime, on Halloween.
The Predators held a full morning skate on Tuesday. Below is a projected lineup based on the session:
Matt Duchene - Ryan Johansen - Mikael Granlund
Filip Forsberg - Kyle Turris - Craig Smith
Rocco Grimaldi - Nick Bonino - Viktor Arvidsson
Yakov Trenin - Colton Sissons - Colin Blackwell
Roman Josi - Dante Fabbro
Jarred Tinordi - Mattias Ekholm
Dan Hamhuis - Yannick Weber
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game