The scene of Games 1 and 2 of Round One of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs is back at the forefront as the Nashville Predators visit the Chicago Blackhawk tonight (at 7:30 p.m. CT).
It was in the Windy City that Pekka Rinne and the Predators shut out the Blackhawks twice en route to a first round sweep of Chicago this past April. Tonight, the Central Division rivals will square off for the first of four times during the regular season.
Nashville could see the return of Captain Roman Josi, who has missed the two previous contests with a lower-body injury. Josi returned to practice on Friday and skated alongside Matt Irwin. Calle Jarnkrok (maintenance day) and Yannick Weber (upper-body; day-to-day) were absent.
Saturday's morning skate was optional. Below is a look at the Preds projected lineup based on Friday's practice:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Scott Hartnell - Nick Bonino - Pontus Aberg
Kevin Fiala - Calle Jarnkrok / Cody McLeod - Craig Smith
Miikka Salomaki - Colton Sissons - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Matt Irwin
Alexei Emelin - P.K. Subban
Mattias Ekholm - Samuel Girard / Anthony Bitetto
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game