Predators @ Jets: The Penultimate Preseason Preview

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 24: Sergei Kostitsyn #74 of the Nashville Predators skates against Spencer Machacek #46 of the Winnipeg Jets at Bridgestone Arena on September 24, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators (5-1-0) have only two games left on their preseason schedule, with tonight's 7:30 p.m. Central game at Winnipeg (3-3-0) followed by tomorrow's match with Carolina at Bridgestone Arena. For those players competing for NHL roster spots, the stakes become more elevated with each passing game.

From what I can tell there will be no live broadcast available for Nashville fans (unless you have NHL GameCenter Live), but it will be shown on tape delay at 3:00 a.m. on NHL Network, so set those DVR's!

As Amanda notes over at Inside Smashville, the original Jets were long-gone by the time the Predators joined the NHL, so this marks Nashville's first trip to Winnipeg, a coming home of sorts for Barry Trotz, from nearby Dauphin, Manitoba, Colin Wilson, who grew up there, and Jordin Tootoo, who played his junior hockey just down the road for the Brandon Wheat Kings. When they met in Nashville last Saturday night, the Preds took a 4-3 decision.

Follow after the jump for a look at the rosters for tonight's game...

For the Preds we have (according to their official Twitter account):

Forwards

Sergei Kostitsyn - Blake Geoffrion - Craig Smith
Colin Wilson - David Legwand - Matt Halischuk
Jerred Smithson - Cal O`Reilly - Jordin Tootoo
Kyle Wilson - Chris Mueller - Zack Stortini

Defense

Ryan Suter - Shea Weber
Mattias Ekholm - Kevin Klein
Tyler Sloan - Jonathon Blum

Goal

Anders Lindback
Pekka Rinne

It's good to see Boomer back in the lineup after suffering a sliced wrist recently, he's eager to make the Opening Night roster, and it looks like he'll get a chance to show his stuff on a line with his old college buddy and SK74.

For the Jets? The Winnipeg Free Press lists their lineup for tonight (no Dustin Byfuglien), and make sure to swing by Arctic Ice Hockey, SB Nation's Winnipeg blog.

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