The Nashville Predators could receive reinforcement on the blue line when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight (at 6:30 p.m. CT).
Anthony Bitetto, who has missed the last 15 games with an upper-body injury, was recalled from his conditioning assignment on Wednesday and may re-enter the Nashville lineup versus the Bolts. The 26-year-old blueliner skated alongside Yannick Weber for some of Thursday's morning skate at Amalie Arena. Forward James Neal was absent from the session and was given a maintenance day.
The Preds held a full morning skate in advance of their tilt with the Lightning. Below is a projected lineup based on lines seen this morning:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Kevin Fiala
Austin Watson - Mike Fisher - Colton Sissons
Calle Jarnkrok - Colin Wilson - Viktor Arvidsson
Harry Zolnierczyk - Mike Ribeiro - Craig Smith
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - Matt Irwin
Anthony Bitetto - Yannick Weber
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game.