Act three of the Predators' four-game road trip takes place in Ottawa tonight (at 6:30 p.m. CT).
Nashville (16-12-5) won two games in New York, including an 8-3 victory over the Islanders on Tuesday, to start their trip. Another victory tonight would mark the Preds' first three-game winning streak since a four-game stretch in October. Nashville awaits the return of Mikael Granlund (lower-body injury; day-to-day) and Viktor Arvidsson (lower-body injury; Injured Reserve). Granlund last played on Dec. 12. Arvidsson returned to the ice with the Preds on Monday at a morning skate.
The Senators (14-8-3) have dropped two games in a row, including a 4-3 overtime loss to the Lightning on Tuesday night.
Nashville held a full morning skate on Thursday at Canadian Tire Centre. Arvidsson and Granlund skated; Calle Jarnkrok was absent. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on the session:
Yakov Trenin - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson (IR) / Mikael Granlund (day-to-day)
Filip Forsberg - Matt Duchene - Rocco Grimaldi
Colin Blackwell - Kyle Turris - Craig Smith
Colton Sissons - Nick Bonino - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - Dante Fabbro
Dan Hamhuis - Yannick Weber
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game