The Predators' longest road trip of the season to date begins tonight in New York City against the Rangers (at 6 p.m. CT).
Nashville (14-12-5) has lost two games in a row, including a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Stars on Saturday. The Preds were without Mattias Ekholm (illness) and Mikael Granlund (lower-body injury; day-to-day) for the contest.
The Rangers (16-12-4) concluded a four-game road trip out west on Sunday with a 2-1-1 record. New York topped Nashville, 2-1, on Nov. 2 in the teams' only other meeting of the season.
Ekholm and Granlund were both absent from Monday's morning skate in New York. However, forward Viktor Arvidsson (lower-body; Injured Reserve) joined the Preds on the ice Monday morning, the first time he's skated with the team since he was injured on Nov. 23. Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said Arvidsson will not play tonight, but added it is a positive sign to see the forward skating with the club.
Arvidsson remains on a 4-6 week timetable with his injury. Saturday's game at Boston will mark exactly four weeks since he was first injured.
The Preds held a full morning skate at Madison Square Garden on Monday. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on the session:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Calle Jarnkrok
Kyle Turris - Matt Duchene - Colton Sissons
Rocco Grimaldi - Nick Bonino - Craig Smith
Yakov Trenin - Colin Blackwell - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Dan Hamhuis - Dante Fabbro
Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game