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Projected Lineup: Islanders vs. Predators

Preds Regular-Season Home Finale Comes with an Opportunity to Take First Wild Card in West

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

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:

Forwards

Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala - Mike Fisher - Calle Jarnkrok

Colin Wilson - Colton Sissons - Craig Smith

Cody McLeod - Vernon Fiddler - Austin Watson

Defense

Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban

Matt Irwin - Brad Hunt

Goaltenders

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

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

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