There's not much doubt about it, the Predators begin a make-or-break road trip with a game in Winnipeg tonight (at 7 p.m. CT).
Nashville (24-20-7) will likely find out if they'll be buyers or sellers on Feb. 24's NHL Trade Deadline depending on how they fair in four road games in Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. On the injury front, Preds Head Coach John Hynes provided a few updates on Monday. First, Calle Jarnkrok will not play against the Jets due to illness, but he is on the trip and should return soon. Secondly, Ryan Ellis will also join the Predators on their trek through Canada; he is not expected to play in any of the games, but did skate with the team on Tuesday morning.
The Jets (26-23-4) ended a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 1. Winnipeg and Nashville have split the two games they've played against each other so far.
The Preds practiced on Monday and held a full morning skate at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday. Below is a Predators Projected Lineup based on the sessions:
Matt Duchene - Ryan Johansen - Mikael Granlund
Filip Forsberg - Kyle Turris - Viktor Arvidsson
Rocco Grimaldi - Nick Bonino - Craig Smith
Colin Blackwell - Colton Sissons - Yakov Trenin
Roman Josi - Dante Fabbro
Jarred Tinordi - Mattias Ekholm
Dan Hamhuis - Matt Irwin
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game