The regular-season home finale arrives tonight for the Nashville Predators as they host the New York Islanders (at 7 p.m. CT).
Thanks to a L.A. Kings loss on Sunday, the Preds (40-28-11) clinched a playoff spot for the third consecutive season and will look to improve their postseason positioning in the final three games of the campaign. The Preds held an optional morning skate on Thursday, with Yannick Weber (day-to-day; upper-body injury) and James Neal (day-to-day; upper-body injury) taking to the ice.
New York (37-29-12) will be without their captain and leading-scorer, John Tavares, for the rest of the season due to a lower-body injury. The Islanders lost to the Preds, 3-1, in Brooklyn on March 27 and are six points out of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.
Below is a look at Nashville's projected lineup based on Sunday's game:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala - Mike Fisher - Calle Jarnkrok
Colin Wilson - Colton Sissons - Craig Smith
Cody McLeod - Vernon Fiddler - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin - Brad Hunt
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for today's game