It's hard not to picture Viktor Arvidsson's backhander hitting twine in overtime of Game Six with the San Jose Sharks returning to Nashville for the first time since that shot forced a Game Seven in the Round Two series.
Nashville (37-25-11) has won two straight and has an opportunity to complete a perfect home stand with their second win of the season over the Sharks. The Preds recently beat the Sharks, 3-1, on March 11 at SAP Center. Additionally, Nashville has earned at least one point in each of its last seven (regular season) home games against the Sharks (6-0-1).
The Sharks (42-25-7) lost 6-1 last night in Dallas, extending their losing streak to five consecutive games. San Jose has seen their once large lead over the Pacific Division dwindle and will try to remain in the top spot tonight, while the Preds will look to take either the First Wild Card in the West or even third in the Central with a Blues' loss to the Flames.
The Predators held a full morning skate on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena, but Mike Fisher (day-to-day; lower-body injury), who missed Thursday's game, did not participate. Below is a look at Nashville's projected lineup:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Colin Wilson - Colton Sissons - Craig Smith
Kevin Fiala - Calle Jarnkrok - James Neal
Cody McLeod - Vernon Fiddler - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game