The Canes enter tonight’s contest the winners of five-straight and currently sport a 2-0-0 record over Nashville this season.
The Predators on the other hand snapped a three-game losing streak on Sunday in a 4-3 shootout win over the Dallas Stars.
It wasn’t too pretty for Nashville who saw a 3-0 lead dissolve in the final eight minutes of regulation, but they managed to squeeze out a win in the shootout.
Although both teams will have some key injuries tonight, Nashville has had a tough go at it as of late on the injury front.
Carolina Hurricanes Projected Lineup
The Hurricanes practiced today before the game and neither Jake Gardiner nor Teuvo Tervainen were out on the ice.
Head coach Rod Brind’Amour commented after Thursday’s game that Teravainen would miss more time due to concussion symptoms and following today’s practice said that Gardiner was dealing with back issues.
Other than those two, Petr Mrazek is still a ways out due to his thumb injury so the Canes will continue their goaltender rotation with Alex Nedeljkovic in net tonight.
Here is how the rest of the skaters will lineup for Carolina:
Brock McGinn - Sebastian Aho - Warren Foegele
Nino Niederreiter - Vincent Trocheck - Martin Necas
Andrei Svechnikov - Jordan Staal - Jesper Fast
Cedric Paquette - Steven Lorentz - Jordan Martinook
Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Brady Skjei - Brett Pesce
Haydn Fleury - Jake Bean
Injuries and Scratches: Jake Gardiner (Upper Body), Teuvo Teravainen (Concussion Symptoms), Petr Mrazek (Right Thumb)
Taxi Squad: Anton Bibeau, Morgan Geekie, Max McCormick, Joakim Ryan
Nashville Predators Projected Lineup
It will be Pekka Rinne starting in net for the Predators for his third consecutive game, but after a near collapse to Dallas on Sunday night, the Predators may shift their lineup slightly.
However, here’s how they are projected to lineup based on that last game.
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Mikael Granlund - Rem Pitlick - Calle Jarnkrok
Nick Cousins - Colton Sissons - Eeli Tolvanen
Yakov Trenin - Brad Richardson - Mathieu Olivier
Roman Josi - Dante Fabbro
Ben Harpur - Mattias Ekholm
Mark Borowiecki - Matt Benning
Injuries and Scratches: Matt Duchene (Lower Body), Ryan Ellis (Upper Body), Luke Kunin (Lower Body), Juuse Saros (Upper Body), Luca Sbisa (IR), Erik Haula, Rocco Grimaldi
Taxi Squad: Alexandre Carrier, Michael McCarron, Jeremy Davies, Devin Cooley