The three-day respite is over and the Nashville Predators return to action with a home-and-home set with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Preds (18-12-6) have climbed the standings recently with points in five consecutive games. A win on Friday night (combined with a Calgary Flames loss) would put the Predators into a Wild Card spot. The Preds recalled forward Colin Blackwell and defenseman Jarred Tinordi from the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) on Friday morning.
The Penguins (21-11-4) have won four out of their last five games, including a 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Dec. 21.
Nashville held a full morning skate at Bridgestone Arena on Friday. Below is a Predators projected lineup based on the session:
Calle Jarnkrok - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Filip Forsberg - Matt Duchene - Mikael Granlund
Rocco Grimaldi - Kyle Turris - Craig Smith
Colton Sissons - Nick Bonino - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - Dante Fabbro
Dan Hamhuis - Matt Irwin
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game