The Predators lineup is likely to remain largely unchanged for the remainder of this week.
Nashville (23-19-1) acquired defenseman Erik Gudbranson from Ottawa in exchange for defenseman Brandon Fortunato and a seventh-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft just prior to Monday's trade deadline. Due to immigration and travel, Gudbranson is not expected to be available to play for the Predators until later in the week at the earliest, according to Preds General Manager David Poile. The GM also said the players who are currently out of the lineup due to injury - Mark Borowiecki, Alexandre Carrier, Matt Duchene, Dante Fabbro, Filip Forsberg, Eeli Tolvanen and others - are not expected to return this week.
The Lightning (28-11-2) stayed in Nashville after topping the Preds, 3-0, on Saturday. The Bolts have won six of seven meetings between the two clubs this season. Tonight will be the eighth and final matchup of the regular season.
Update: The Preds have recalled forwards Tanner Jeannot, Michael McCarron and Rem Pitlick from the taxi squad.
The Predators held a full morning skate on Tuesday. Below is a projected lineup based on the session:
Rocco Grimaldi - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Calle Jarnkrok - Mikael Granlund - Luke Kunin
Rem Pitlick - Erik Haula - Nick Cousins
Yakov Trenin - Colton Sissons - Tanner Jeannot
Roman Josi - Matt Benning
Mattias Ekholm - Ryan Ellis
Jeremy Davies - Ben Harpur
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game