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Projected Lineup: Predators at Blackhawks

Predators Will Wait to See if Captain Roman Josi Can Return From Two-Game Absence

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

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


Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

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

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