One of the NHL's best defensive pairings will be broken up tonight, with Predators associate captain Ryan Ellis on Injured Reserve.
Roman Josi and the Preds (18-15-6) will be without Ellis for at least this weekend, as they play a back-to-back set of games in Southern California against the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks. Nashville practiced on Friday in L.A. and were joined by defenseman Alexandre Carrier, who was recalled from Milwaukee. Ellis and forward Colton Sissons are on IR.
L.A. (17-21-4) sits near the bottom of the standings, but topped the Preds in the clubs' previous meeting, 7-4, on Oct. 12.
The Preds did not hold a morning skate on Saturday. Below is a Predators projected lineup based on Friday's practice:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Mikael Granlund - Kyle Turris - Matt Duchene
Rocco Grimaldi - Nick Bonino - Craig Smith
Calle Jarnkrok - Colin Blackwell - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Yannick Weber
Mattias Ekholm - Dante Fabbro
Dan Hamhuis - Matt Irwin
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for today's game