And then there were two. The Nashville Predators are in the Lone Star State to play their penultimate regular-season game tonight (at 7:30 p.m. CT) in Dallas against the Stars.
The Preds (40-28-12) have earned their spot in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs and will soon learn if they'll finish in the First or Second Wild Card in the West or even third in the Central Division. Nashville and the Calgary Flames each have two road games left, with the race for the First Wild Card potentially coming down to the last day of the season. The Preds also sit one point (and with one more game played) behind the St. Louis Blues for third, with the possibility still existing that Nashville can claim one of the top spots in their own division.
Dallas (33-36-11) and Nashville have split four games during their season series so far; Nashville won the most recent meeting, 5-3, on Feb. 12.
Nashville held a full morning skate at American Airlines Center on Thursday, with James Neal (day-to-day; upper-body injury) and Yannick Weber (day-to-day; upper-body injury) joining the group. The Preds did not take traditional line rushes during the session, below is their projected lineup based on Tuesday's game:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher - Craig Smith
Kevin Fiala - Calle Jarnkrok - PA Parenteau
Cody McLeod - Colton Sissons - Miikka Salomaki
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban
Anthony Bitetto - Matt Irwin
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game