After eight days away, the Nashville Predators are back in action tonight when they'll host the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Nashville (22-18-7) and Toronto have seen their season narratives share several similarities, with both clubs making coaching changes and both teams sitting just outside of the playoff picture, looking for a spark. The Preds practiced at Ford Ice Center Bellevue on Sunday and were joined by Colton Sissons (Injured Reserve), Yakov Trenin and Jarred Tinordi, who had been recalled from Milwaukee (AHL) earlier in the day. The trio did not skate in line rushes.
The Maple Leafs (25-17-7) have lost five of six games and sit four points out of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.
The Predators held a full morning skate on Monday at Bridgestone Arena. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on the session:
Calle Jarnkrok - Ryan Johansen - Austin Watson
Filip Forsberg - Matt Duchene - Mikael Granlund
Rocco Grimaldi - Nick Bonino - Viktor Arvidsson
Colin Blackwell - Kyle Turris - Craig Smith
Roman Josi - Yannick Weber
Mattias Ekholm - Dante Fabbro
Dan Hamhuis - Matt Irwin
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game