The first of four consecutive games on the road, three of which will be in California, comes tonight in San Jose for the Nashville Predators (at 9:30 p.m. CT).
It's the first game of the season on national TV (NBCSN) for the Preds, as they'll be looking to rebound from a 6-2 loss on Saturday to the New York Islanders. Nashville (5-4-2) is likely to dress a similar lineup to the one seen on Saturday; forward Nick Bonino (Injured Reserve) participated in the Preds' optional morning skate on Wednesday but remains out.
The Sharks (6-5-0) claimed an impressive victory over Patrick Marleau and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday and are now tied with the Predators in the standings at 12 points apiece.
Nashville held an optional morning skate on Wednesday; below is a projected lineup based on Monday's practice:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Kevin Fiala
Scott Hartnell - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig Smith
Pontus Aberg - Colton Sissons - Viktor Arvidsson
Miikka Salomaki - Frederick Gaudreau - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Mattias Ekholm
Alexei Emelin - P.K. Subban
Anthony Bitetto - Yannick Weber
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game