The Nashville Predators will make at least one lineup change as they begin a home-and-home series with the St. Louis Blues.
On Friday, the Preds (9-9-3) reassigned defenseman Steven Santini to the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL), which means barring another roster move, Nashville will bring back at least Matt Irwin or Yannick Weber into the lineup. Kyle Turris has been scratched the last two games as well.
The Blues (14-4-5) are not just the defending Stanley Cup champions, they are also leading the Central Division and present a formidable foe to a Predators team that is trying to end a six-game losing streak.
Nashville held an optional morning skate on Saturday at Enterprise Center and were joined by Viktor Arvidsson, Colton Sissons and Austin Watson, who did not skate at Friday's practice. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on Thursday's game against the Vancouver Canucks:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Calle Jarnkrok - Matt Duchene - Mikael Granlund
Rocco Grimaldi - Nick Bonino - Craig Smith
Austin Watson - Colton Sissons - Mathieu Olivier
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - Dante Fabbro
Dan Hamhuis - Matt Irwin
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game