Preds Head Coach John Hynes makes his first return trip to New Jersey tonight since his coaching tenure with the Devils ended in December. Hynes coached New Jersey for four seasons.
The Predators (23-19-7) started their back-to-back set of games with a crazy, 5-4 win in Washington on Wednesday night. Jarred Tinordi returned to the lineup and scored his first NHL goal, while Juuse Saros got the start between the pipes and made 29 saves.
Colton Sissons (Injured Reserve) took line rushes at Tuesday's practice in Nashville, but has not returned to game action yet. He should be close.
Not only are the Devils (18-24-7) Hynes's previous team, they also roster two former Preds in P.K. Subban and Wayne Simmonds. New Jersey returned from their bye week with a 4-3 shootout win in Ottawa on Monday evening.
After playing last night, the Predators did not hold a morning skate on Thursday. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on Wednesday's game:
Update: Hynes announced this afternoon Sissons will return to the lineup tonight in New Jersey. Colin Blackwell will exit in his place. Pekka Rinne will start against the Devils.
Matt Duchene - Ryan Johansen - Mikael Granlund
Filip Forsberg - Kyle Turris - Viktor Arvidsson
Rocco Grimaldi - Nick Bonino - Craig Smith
Calle Jarnkrok - Colton Sissons - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Dante Fabbro
Jarred Tinordi - Mattias Ekholm
Dan Hamhuis - Yannick Weber
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game