The Nashville Predators begin a back-to-back set in Chicago tonight (at 7:30 p.m. CT). The Preds will also play tomorrow in a Saturday evening tilt against the New York Islanders.
It's already the second time the Predators will head up to the Windy City in the young season; Nashville lost a lead late in regulation on Oct. 14, falling to the Blackhawks 2-1 in overtime. Nashville (4-3-2) picked up a point in their most recent contest, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames. Chicago (5-3-2) lost their previous game as well, with the Vegas Golden Knights prevailing 4-2 on Oct. 24.
The Preds received full participation at their practice on Thursday afternoon with Nick Bonino (Injured Reserve) being the only expected absentee.
Friday's morning skate was optional; below is a projected lineup based on Thursday's practice:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Scott Hartnell - Calle Jarnkrok - Kevin Fiala
Pontus Aberg - Frederick Gaudreau - Craig Smith
Miikka Salomaki - Colton Sissons - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Samuel Girard
Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin - Yannick Weber
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game