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Projected Lineup: Predators at Lightning

Bitetto Could Return from 15-Game Absence as Preds Start Road Trip

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

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: 

Forwards

Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Kevin Fiala

Austin Watson - Mike Fisher - Colton Sissons

Calle Jarnkrok - Colin Wilson - Viktor Arvidsson

Harry Zolnierczyk - Mike Ribeiro - Craig Smith

Defense

Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm - Matt Irwin

Anthony Bitetto - Yannick Weber

Goaltenders

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

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

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