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Projected Lineup: Predators at Blackhawks

Vanderbilt Health Projected Lineup: Weekend Battle for Division's Final Playoff Spot Begins

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Director of Digital & Radio Content

The Predators are in Chicago for two of the biggest games of the season. 

Nashville (16-17-1) has won five of six contests to move within four points of the Blackhawks. Those four points are all that separate the Preds from fourth place in the Central Division and a share of the division's final playoff spot. Four points will be on the line tonight (at 7 p.m. CT) and tomorrow evening (at 7 p.m.) at the United Center. 

The Preds are 3-0-0 this week with wins over the Stars and Red Wings. Thursday's victory over Detroit featured a season-high seven goals by the Predators, including four from forward Rocco Grimaldi. Goaltender Juuse Saros got the win in net with 20 saves. 

The Blackhawks (16-13-5) have also had a successful week. They topped the Panthers on Tuesday and Thursday. 

Nashville traveled on Friday and did not practice. They held a full morning skate on Saturday at United Center and were joined by Luke Kunin (Injured Reserve).

Saturday Evening Update: The Preds have activated forward Luke Kunin from Injured Reserve. They've also recalled defenseman Jeremy Davies from the taxi squad and assigned goaltender Devin Cooley to Chicago (AHL). 

Below is a projected lineup based on the session and the evening's news: 

Forwards

Luke Kunin - Ryan Johansen - Eeli Tolvanen

Calle Jarnkrok - Mikael Granlund - Viktor Arvidsson

Rocco Grimaldi - Erik Haula - Nick Cousins

Yakov Trenin - Colton Sissons - Mathieu Olivier

Defense

Mattias Ekholm - Alexandre Carrier

Roman Josi - Dante Fabbro

Ben Harpur - Jeremy Davies

Goaltenders

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

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

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