The deals available for Gold Friday aren't the only exciting thing about to today, as two of the Western Conference's best teams will square off in St. Louis tonight (at 7 p.m. CT).
Nashville (13-6-2) sits third in the West and is on a three-game winning streak after completing a perfect home stand with a 3-2 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. The Predators will have the services of forward Austin Watson available to them following the conclusion of his two-game suspension for boarding.
The Predators' opponent tonight, the St. Louis Blues (16-5-1), are alone at the top of the conference and have also won three in a row, including a 8-3 shellacking of the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. Tonight's matchup will be the first of four contests between the divisional foes during the 2017-18 regular season. The last time they met up was a 3-1 Predators' win in Game 6 of Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in May.
Nashville held a full morning skate on Friday (including Cody McLeod, Frederick Gaudreau and Scott Hartnell (Injured Reserve), below is a projected lineup based on the session:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala - Kyle Turris - Craig Smith
Pontus Aberg - Nick Bonino - Calle Jarnkrok
Miikka Salomaki - Colton Sissons - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Mattias Ekholm
Alexei Emelin - P.K. Subban
Anthony Bitetto - Matt Irwin
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game