The Nashville Predators begin a stretch of four consecutive games against the Eastern Conference, as they visit the Carolina Hurricanes tonight (at 6:30 p.m. CT).
The Preds (11-9-4) are on a three-game point streak, but their last game left a sour taste in nearly everyone's mouth. The Vegas Golden Knights tied Wednesday's game in the final second and later prevailed in overtime, 4-3. Still, Nashville's recent run has them two points out of the Western Conference's final playoff spot, with games in hand on many of the teams above them in the standings.
The Hurricanes (15-9-1) have beaten the Predators six times in a row; Nashville's last victory over Carolina was on Jan. 2, 2016. The Canes dropped their last game, 3-2, to the New York Rangers on Wednesday.
Nashville held a full morning skate at PNC Arena on Friday. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on the session:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Calle Jarnkrok
Daniel Carr - Matt Duchene - Mikael Granlund
Rocco Grimaldi - Nick Bonino - Craig Smith
Austin Watson - Colton Sissons - Mathieu Olivier
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - Dante Fabbro
Dan Hamhuis - Matt Irwin
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game