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Projected Lineup: Predators at Blues

Watson Returns From Suspension as Two of West's Best Face Off in St. Louis

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

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:

Forwards

Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala - Kyle Turris - Craig Smith

Pontus Aberg - Nick Bonino - Calle Jarnkrok

Miikka Salomaki - Colton Sissons - Austin Watson

Defense

Roman Josi - Mattias Ekholm

Alexei Emelin - P.K. Subban

Anthony Bitetto - Matt Irwin

Goaltenders

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game

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