The Nashville Predators begin a short trip to Western Canada with a contest in Vancouver (tonight at 9 p.m. CT).
The Preds (19-8-1) concluded a five-game homestand with two wins, and three overall, despite missing half of their top six forwards. Viktor Arvidsson, Filip Forsberg and Kyle Turris remain on Injured Reserve. P.K. Subban has resumed skating but is also still on IR.
Vancouver (11-16-3) hosts Nashville tonight and will then face the Preds in Music City next Thursday as well. The clubs will meet for a third and final time in Nashville on April 4. The Canucks have dropped four-straight games and 12 of their last 13.
The Predators held an optional morning skate at Rogers Arena on Thursday. Below is a projected lineup based on the session:
Ryan Hartman - Ryan Johansen - Kevin Fiala
Eeli Tolvanen - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig Smith
Miikka Salomaki - Colton Sissons - Austin Watson
Frederick Gaudreau - Nick Bonino - Rocco Grimaldi
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Dan Hamhuis - Mattias Ekholm
Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game