Two of the top three teams in the Central Division do battle in Smashville as the Nashville Predators host the Winnipeg Jets tonight (at 7 p.m. CT).
Nashville (11-6-2) has won six of seven games, including a 5-2 blasting of the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. In the contest, forward Austin Watson was assessed a boarding major and later suspended for the next two games. As a result, the Predators recalled forward Pontus Aberg and goaltender Juuse Saros, while assigning netminder Anders Lindback to Milwaukee.
The Jets (12-4-3) sit second in the Central after a blazing start and have won four consecutive games. Tonight's contest marks the first of five meetings between the clubs during the 2017-18 regular season.
Update: Following the morning skate, the Predators recalled forward Frederick Gaudreau.
Nashville held a full morning skate on Monday, below is a projected lineup based on the session:
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala - Kyle Turris - Craig Smith
Pontus Aberg - Nick Bonino - Calle Jarnkrok
Cody McLeod - Colton Sissons - Miikka Salomaki
Roman Josi - Mattias Ekholm
Alexei Emelin - P.K. Subban
Anthony Bitetto - Matt Irwin
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game