The Nashville Predators welcome their former head coach, Barry Trotz, and the Washington Capitals to town tonight (at 7 p.m. CT).
Nashville (9-5-2) has won four games in a row and could see the return of center Nick Bonino. The Preds aren't totally free of the injury bug yet, however. At yesterday's practice, defenseman Yannick Weber (lower-body injury) and winger Scott Hartnell (lower-body injury) were described as "out right now" by Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette.
The Capitals (10-7-1) sit third in the Metropolitan Division and have won two straight; plus, five of six in the month of November.
Update: Weber and Hartnell have been placed on Injured Reserve and are expected to be out for 2-4 weeks and 3-5 weeks, respectively. Bonino has been activated from IR and is expected to play tonight.
The Predators held a full morning skate on Tuesday, but did not take line rushes. Below is a projected lineup based on Monday's practice:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala - Kyle Turris - Craig Smith
Miikka Salomaki - Calle Jarnkrok - Colton Sissons
Cody McLeod - Nick Bonino - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Mattias Ekholm
Alexei Emelin - P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin - Anthony Bitetto
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game