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Projected Lineup: Flames vs. Predators

Ryan Ellis Looks to be in the Lineup on Tuesday After Exiting Sunday's Contest Early

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators will begin their longest remaining home stand of the season when they host the Calgary Flames (tonight at 7 p.m. CT). 

Ryan Ellis, who made an early exit from Nashville's win over the Blue Jackets on Sunday, participated in the team's full morning skate on Tuesday. Nashville (28-22-8) is set to play their first home game since Feb. 12 (a 5-3 win over Dallas), a contest which will start the first of four straight at Bridgestone Arena. 

Calgary (29-26-4) is two points back of the Preds in the standings and lost the clubs' first meeting on Jan. 19, and also dropped their most recent contest in overtime to the Vancouver Canucks. 

Cody McLeod (Injured Reserve; lower-body) and Miikka Salomaki (IR; lower-body) also took to the ice for Tuesday's morning skate. Below is the Preds projected lineup based on the session:

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Game Day: Flames vs. Preds

Nashville Begins a Four-Game Home Stand Tonight as the Flames Come to Town

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After completing a back-to-back set away from home last weekend, the Nashville Predators return to Bridgestone Arena to begin a four-game home stand tonight, starting with the Calgary Flames. It's the second of three meetings between the two this season; Nashville hung on for a 4-3 victory in Alberta last month.

Nashville is coming off a 4-3 win in Columbus on Sunday, capped off by a game-winning goal from Mattias Ekholm in the third period and 35 saves in net by Juuse Saros. Ryan Ellis, Kevin Fiala and Calle Jarnkrok also tallied in the contest and P.K. Subban added two helpers to give him points in three straight.

Ryan Johansen's 40 points continue to pace the Preds, followed by Viktor Arvidsson with 39 and Filip Forsberg with 36. Arvidsson's 18 goals are tops on the team, while James Neal has scored 17 times and Forsberg on 16 occasions. Subban has seven points in his last five outings, Roman Josi has seven points in his last six games and Jarnkrok has 11 points in his previous 11 overall. Pekka Rinne is 22-15-6 on the season, Saros has gone 6-5-2.

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Game Day: Preds at Blue Jackets

Former Blue Jacket Ryan Johansen Returns to Columbus for the First Time as a Visitor

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Ryan Johansen returns to the state of Ohio tonight as the Nashville Predators finish their back-to-back set with a visit to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. It's the second and final meeting between the two clubs this season; the Preds defeated the Jackets 4-3 in Nashville on Jan. 26.

This evening will mark Johansen's first game in Columbus since the Blue Jackets traded him to Nashville in exchange for Seth Jones over a year ago in a one-for-one swap.

Nashville is coming off a 5-2 loss to Minnesota last night in their first game back after the five-day break. Colin Wilson and P.K. Subban each recorded their eighth goals of the season and Pekka Rinne took the loss in net.

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Wild

Nashville Begins Back-to-Back in Minnesota and Columbus After Five-Day Break

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Two games in two nights welcome the Nashville Predators as they emerge from their five-day break with a matchup in Minnesota (tonight at 7 p.m. CT).

Nashville (27-21-8) rallied for a 5-3 win over the Dallas Stars on Feb. 12 prior to taking their mandatory five-day break. The Preds went into the break by playing back-to-back games and resume play with the same test. The club will play tonight in Minnesota before Ryan Johansen makes his return to Columbus on Sunday (at 5 p.m. CT).

The Wild (38-13-6) hold a seven-point lead on the Western Conference and are in the midst of an eight-game home stand. Minnesota lost a two-goal lead and the contest when they hosted the Preds on Jan. 22, but won the first pair of meetings in Music City. 

Cody McLeod (Injured Reserve; lower-body) and Miikka Salomaki (IR; lower-body) were both on the ice prior to Nashville's morning skate on Saturday at Xcel Enery Center.

Pregame Update: The Predators have recalled Kevin Fiala from Milwaukee (AHL). He was not present for the team's morning skate, but could play tonight. 

Below is a look at the Preds projected lineup: 

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Game Day: Preds at Wild

Their Five-Day Break Now Over, Nashville Plans to "Beat the Odds" Against Conference's Top Team

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The five-day break has concluded for the Nashville Predators, and they're back on the road in the State of Hockey tonight to meet the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. It's the fourth of five meetings between the two Central Division foes; the Preds have gone 1-1-1 against Minnesota, most recently coming back to beat the Wild in their last meeting.

The Predators also produced a comeback in their last outing before the break, a 5-3 win over Dallas last Sunday. Roman Josi scored twice in that contest and Pekka Rinne recorded the victory in net. Now after five days off, Nashville turns their attention back to the ice, focused on a back-to-back weekend on the road which kicks off a stretch of 26 games in 50 days to close out the regular season.

"There's a lot of hockey, a lot of important hockey as we all know at this time of year," Captain Mike Fisher said. "I think we all look forward to it because every game is important. The schedule is tough, but standings are so tight too, and that's what makes it so fun. We're looking forward to it."

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Game Day: Stars vs. Preds

Nashville Looks to Avenge Saturday's Loss This Evening Against Dallas

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators will look to avenge yesterday's loss this evening when they host the Dallas Stars at Bridgestone Arena, the final game for the Preds before their League-mandated, five-day break, which begins on Monday. Sunday's matchup is the fourth of five meetings this season between the Central-Division foes with the Preds going 1-2-0 against the Stars thus far.

Nashville is coming off a 7-4 loss to the Florida Panthers yesterday afternoon, a game that saw Viktor Arvidsson record his first career hat trick. But other than Arvidsson's efforts, there wasn't much for the Predators to celebrate, a fact their bench boss echoed after the game.

"We didn't play with any purpose," Head Coach Peter Laviolette said after the game. "No passion. No effort. You're never going to win a hockey game [like that]. The actions that we gave are going to give us the results that we got. It's that simple."

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Projected Lineup: Panthers vs. Predators

Predators Play First of Two Early Start Times During Weekend Double Dose

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators will play two home games in two days, the first coming on Saturday against the Florida Panthers (at 1 p.m. CT). 

The Preds (26-20-8), who will also host the Dallas Stars tomorrow at 5 p.m., are looking to capture four out of four points leading into their mandatory five-day break, which starts on Monday. Florida (23-20-10) won the first meeting of the clubs, a 2-1 triumph at the BB&T Center on Jan. 6. 

Nashville lost their most recent game, 4-3, to the New York Rangers on Thursday, while the Panthers also dropped their last game, a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings. 

The Preds did not hold a morning skate prior to Saturday's game. Below is their projected lineup based on Friday's practice:

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Game Day: Panthers vs. Preds

Nashville Hosts Florida for an Afternoon Tilt at Bridgestone Arena

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Before the Nashville Predators begin their first-ever mandatory five-day break, a doubleheader stands in their way and it begins this afternoon when they host the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena for a 1 p.m. CT matinee. It's the second and final meeting between the two this season; the Preds dropped a 2-1 decision on the road in January.

Nashville is coming off a 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday that saw Cody McLeod, Calle Jarnkrok and Roman Josi tally a goal, while Juuse Saros took the loss in net.

Ryan Johansen is the first member of the Preds to hit the 40-point mark this season, leading the club with 40 points on the dot. He's followed by Viktor Arvidsson with 35, Filip Forsberg with 34 and Captain Mike Fisher, who has 32 points on the season. James Neal has 17 goals for Nashville; Arvidsson and Forsberg have 15 apiece. Pekka Rinne is 21-14-6 in net. Saros has gone 5-4-2.

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Rangers

A Mostly Healthy Preds Team Heads on the Road for a Single Game Versus the Rangers

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

A single-game road trip takes the Nashville Predators to the Big Apple for a matchup with the New York Rangers (tonight at 6 p.m. CT).

The Preds (26-19-8) are finally nearing full health following the return of Roman Josi and now list only two players on Injured Reserve (Harry Zolnierczyk and Miikka Salomaki). Following a 4-2 win over the Canucks on home ice on Tuesday, Nashville will try for a split of their season series with New York, after the Rangers (34-18-1) won 2-1 in a shootout in Music City on Dec. 17. New York has won three straight, including a 4-1 triumph over Anaheim two days ago.

Nashville held a full morning skate at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. A look at their projected lineup based on Thursday's session is below: 

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Game Day: Preds at Rangers

Nashville Makes Lone Visit to Madison Square Garden

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It's a quick trip to Manhattan tonight for the Nashville Predators, as they get set to face the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. It's the second and final meeting between the two clubs this season; the Rangers took a 2-1 decision in a shootout at Bridgestone Arena back in December.

Nashville is coming off a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night, helped by two goals from Viktor Arvidsson. Pekka Rinne registered the win in net, and Vernon Fiddler made the second Preds debut of his career after being acquired last weekend. The Predators did not practice on Wednesday before heading to New York.

Ryan Johansen registered an assist on Tuesday and continues to lead the team with 39 points, followed by Arvidsson with 35 and Filip Forsberg with 34. Mike Fisher scored an empty-netter against Vancouver to bump his point total to 31 on the season, including 13 goals. Forsberg and Arvidsson are tied with 15 markers apiece and James Neal leads the club with 17 goals. Rinne is 21-14-6 in goal; Juuse Saros is 5-3-2 on the season.

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