The lone Western Conference opponent on the Nashville Predators' season-long, six-game road trip is their top Central Division rival, the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Preds (26-15-3) are getting healthy and looking better on the ice, featuring points in five-straight and five out of a possible six points on their current excursion. Nashville got Filip Forsberg back in the fold on Monday; the winger had missed the previous 17 games. Remaining on Injured Reserve for the Preds are Kyle Turris, Miikka Salomaki and Yannick Weber. Weber has been skating with the club and could be near a return.
Chicago (16-22-7) topped Nashville, 2-1, on Dec. 18 after the Preds beat the Blackhawks, 5-2, on Dec. 1. The clubs will meet once more after tonight's contest - an April 6 matchup in Music City.
Nashville held a full morning skate on Wednesday at United Center and were joined by Weber (IR). Below is a projected lineup based on the session:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala - Colton Sissons - Craig Smith
Calle Jarnkrok - Nick Bonino - Austin Watson
Ryan Hartman - Frederick Gaudreau - Rocco Grimaldi
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Dan Hamhuis - Mattias Ekholm
Matt Irwin - P.K. Subban
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game