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Projected Lineup: Predators at Capitals

Predators Seek Season Sweep of Capitals as They Begin a Two-Game Trip

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

A two-game trip starts tonight (at 6 p.m. CT) for the Nashville Predators, who visit the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. 

The Predators (34-24-11) have won two in a row, including a 5-4 victory in overtime versus the Winnipeg Jets that featured a two-goal rally for Nashville. Tonight's contest will conclude the season series between the Caps and Preds; Nashville won the first meeting, 5-2, on Feb. 25. In the win, Filip Forsberg recorded three more points against the team that drafted him in 2012, to up his offensive point total to nine points (5g-4a) in five career games against the Capitals.

Washington (45-17-7) sits atop the NHL with 97 points and ended a four-game losing streak with a win at home over the Wild on March 14. Alex Ovechkin snapped a 10-game stretch without a goal in the 4-2 victory, while Niklas Backstrom reached the 50-assist mark for the fourth consecutive season. 

Nashville held a full morning skate on Thursday, with Miikka Salomaki (Injured Reserve; lower-body injury), Vernon Fiddler (upper-body injury) and Colin Wilson (lower-body injury) taking part. 

Below is a projected lineup based on the session:

Forwards

Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala - Mike Fisher - Craig Smith

James Neal - Calle Jarnkrok - PA Parenteau

Cody McLeod - Colton Sissons - Austin Watson

Defense

Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban

Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber

Goaltenders

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

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

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