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Projected Lineup: Predators at Wild

Rem Pitlick to Make NHL Debut; Salomaki, Watson Assigned to Milwaukee

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators can clinch their fifth consecutive playoff berth with a win over the Minnesota Wild tonight (at 7 p.m. CT on NBCSN). 

The Preds (42-28-6) had an opportunity to tie Winnipeg atop the Central Division standings on Saturday, but instead fell to the Jets, 5-0. Nashville held a full practice on Sunday in Minnesota, with Roman Josi receiving a maintenance day. Defenseman Dan Hamhuis (Injured Reserve) filled in for Josi and appears to be nearing a return. 

Earlier today, the Predators announced Miikka Salomaki and Austin Watson have been assigned to Milwaukee (AHL) on long-term injury loan.

Minnesota (35-32-9) sits just outside the second Wild Card in the West with 79 points. Earlier in the month, the Wild dropped both games against the Predators in shootouts. 

Update: Preds forward Rem Pitlick addressed the media following the morning skate and said he will make his NHL debut tonight. 

Video: Rem Pitlick is set to make his NHL debut

Nashville held an optional morning skate on Monday. Below is Preds projected lineup based on Sunday's practice:

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Pitlick to Make NHL Debut as Nashville Visits Minnesota to Conclude Season Series with Wild

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

After suffering a disappointing loss in Winnipeg on Saturday, the Nashville Predators will look to rebound tonight in Minnesota when they take on the Wild. It's the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two divisional rivals, and the third time they've seen one another this month alone; both of those contests in March were shootout wins for Nashville.

Both the Preds and Wild will be eager to shake off tough losses tonight; Nashville dropped a 5-0 decision to the Jets two nights ago, while Minnesota fell to the Hurricanes, 5-1, on Saturday. The Wild are currently on the outside of the playoff picture, just two points out of the second Wild Card spot in the West.

Nashville got back to work on Sunday with a spirited practice in St. Paul, and the group is ready to learn from the loss, while also focusing on what still needs to happen over the final two weeks of the regular season.

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Jets

Central Division Lead on the Line as Predators, Jets Complete Season Series

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Very few of their remaining games, if any, will mean more to the Predators and Jets than when Nashville visits Winnipeg tonight with the Central Division lead on the line (at 6 p.m. CT). 

The Preds (42-27-6) fell in a shootout to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, but maintained their longest point streak in nearly two months as their total rose to four games in a row. Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette elected to shake up his forward lines in the contest, promoting Kyle Turris to the second line, while joining Wayne Simmonds with Brian Boyle together and reuniting Colton Sissons with Nick Bonino (amongst other moves). The new forward lines helped the Predators score in the final minutes of regulation to force overtime. 

Winnipeg (44-26-4) holds a two-point edge over Nashville for first in the Central and has played one fewer game. The Jets fell to the Predators on Oct. 11, but bounced back to beat them on Jan. 17 and March 1. Tonight's contest will conclude the clubs' regular-season series. 

Nashville held a full morning skate on Saturday at Bell MTS Place and were joined by Dan Hamhuis (Injured Reserve), Rem Pitlick, Zac Rinaldo (IR) and Miikka Salomaki (IR). Below is a Preds projected lineup based on the session:

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Top Two Teams in the Central Collide in Winnipeg

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The battle for first place in the Central Division adds its next chapter tonight in Winnipeg as the Predators meet the Jets in a massive tilt at Bell MTS Place. It's the fourth and final meeting - at least in the regular season - between the two rivals; the Preds won the first clash before the Jets took the next two.

Both the Preds and Jets will be looking to get back in the win column tonight, but Nashville has earned a point in four-consecutive outings, good enough to give them 90 points overall, just two back of tonight's opponent for the top of the Central. The result of tonight's game could ultimately decide where the two clubs will end up finishing and who they'll each face in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Nashville has been pleased with their on-ice play as of late, and although they fell in a shootout to Pittsburgh on Thursday night, the group didn't view the game as a setback, but rather another positive step as the postseason nears.

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Projected Lineup: Penguins vs. Predators

Austin Watson, Dan Hamhuis (IR) Join Predators for Morning Skate

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Stanley Cup Final rematch will always be mentioned when the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins face off. The 2017 finalists meet tonight in Nashville (at 7 p.m. CT). 

The Predators (42-27-5) have compiled three-straight wins for the first time in nearly two months, including a 3-0 victory over the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Kyle Turris returned to the lineup on Tuesday and centered the fourth line after being scratched for the two previous contests. Austin Watson joined Nashville for their optional practice on Wednesday. 

The Penguins (39-24-11) are 0-1-2 in their last three games and fell to the Carolina Hurricanes in a shootout on Tuesday. Pittsburgh will host Nashville on March 29 to complete the teams' season series. 

Nashville held a full morning skate on Thursday and were joined by Watson, Zac Rinaldo (Injured Reserve) and Dan Hamhuis (IR). Below is a Preds projected lineup based on the session:

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Nashville Hosts Pittsburgh Aiming to Extend Win Streak to Four

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators will try to make it four wins in a row when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at Bridgestone Arena. It's the first of two meetings between the two foes; the Preds will visit the Pens late next week.

With a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, the Predators have rattled off three-straight victories for the first time in almost two months. There are only eight games remaining in the regular season, and after struggling to find consistency, the Preds appear to be hitting their stride at just the right time.

Tonight, they'll face another tough test against a Penguins team that is battling to maintain their playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But, as the Predators always say, it's all about how they play, not so much the opponent.

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Projected Lineup: Maple Leafs vs. Predators

Kyle Turris Back on Fourth Line at Monday's Practice

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators return home for two dates with Eastern Conference teams in playoff positioning. First up, the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Bridgestone Arena tonight (at 7 p.m. CT). 

The Preds (41-27-5) closed out their trip to California with wins over the L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks last week. Center Kyle Turris was scratched for both of those contests, but appears set to re-enter the Predators' lineup after skating on the fourth line during Monday's practice. Additional roster news for Nashville arrived yesterday evening with the NHL/NHLPA announcing forward Austin Watson's indefinite suspension had ended and he'd been given "available status."

Toronto (43-24-5) has lost three of four and is in the midst of a three-game road trip. The Predators topped the Maple Leafs in Toronto, 4-0, on Jan. 7. 

The Preds held an optional morning skate on Tuesday. Below is a Predators projected lineup based on Monday's practice:

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Nashville Returns Home to Host Toronto on 90s Night at Bridgestone Arena

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

After finishing their California swing with a pair of victories, the Nashville Predators are back home tonight to host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bridgestone Arena. It's the second and final meeting of the season between the two clubs; the Preds shut out the Leafs, 4-0, in Toronto back in January.

Wins in Los Angeles and San Jose by 3-1 and 4-2 counts, respectively, led to a boost of confidence for the Preds, as they got back to playing the way they want to, especially at this time of the year. Now, with only nine games to play in the regular season, the Predators face another tough task with the high-powered Maple Leafs club that is among the top teams in the east with 94 points.

"We played two pretty complete games there in L.A. and San Jose, and it's all about building off of that now," Preds center Ryan Johansen said Monday. "That's behind us, we did good things and we just need to keep moving forward… We just need our team game to really be polished up right now while we're making our push into the playoffs."

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Sharks

Kyle Turris Possibly Scratched Again for Saturday's Game in San Jose

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The final and most daunting stop of the Nashville Predators' three-game trip to California arrives tonight in San Jose (at 9:30 p.m. CT).

The Predators (40-27-5) bounced back with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday after falling 3-2 in Anaheim. Viktor Arvidsson, Craig Smith and Colton Sissons tallied in the win for Nashville, while center Kyle Turris was among the scratches on Thursday.

San Jose (43-20-8) suffered their first lost in the month of March in their last game - a 4-2 loss at home to the Florida Panthers. The defeat ended a six-game winning streak for the Sharks, who sit second in the Pacific Division.

Nashville held a full morning skate at SAP Center on Saturday morning. Turris skated on a fifth line with Cody McLeod and Miikka Salomaki (Injured Reserve). Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette announced goaltender Juuse Saros will start in net. Below is a Predators projected lineup based on the session:

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Kings

Top Line of Forsberg, Johansen, Arvidsson Back Together at Wednesday's Practice

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators have the opportunity to sweep their three-game season series with the Los Angeles Kings (tonight at 9:30 p.m. CT).

The Preds (39-27-5) have dropped two in a row, including a 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. Nashville is in the midst of their final trip to California for the 2018-19 regular season and will face the San Jose Sharks on Saturday (at 9:30 p.m. CT). 

Nashville held a full practice on Wednesday in Los Angeles, with Kyle Turris skating on the first line in rushes and Miikka Salomaki (Injured Reserve) taking shifts on the fourth line. 

L.A. (25-36-8) ended a three-game losing streak by topping the Ducks, 3-2, on Sunday. The Kings fell in both of their visits to Nashville in November and February. 

The Predators did not hold a morning skate on Thursday. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on Wednesday's practice:

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