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Here’s what you need to know about your Predators lineup tonight

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The Nashville Predators will host the division-rival Chicago Blackhawks tonight at Bridgestone Arena. The two teams have played twice this season, with each club winning on home ice.

Nashville will be without star defenseman P.K. Subban for the sixth straight game. Subban is expected to miss the next two games due to an upper-body injury. Fellow defenseman Anthony Bitetto is taking part in the optional morning skate, as he looks to return from an upper-body injury as well.

Here is the projected lineup for tonight’s game, according to Thomas Willis of nashvillepredators.com:

Forwards:

(9 )Filip Forsberg - (92) Ryan Johansen - (38) Viktor Arvidsson

(56) Kevin Fiala - (63) Mike Ribeiro - (15) Craig Smith

(33) Colin Wilson - (12) Mike Fisher - (18) James Neal

(11) Reid Boucher - (19) Calle Jarnkrok - (51) Austin Watson

Defense:

(59) Roman Josi - (4) Ryan Ellis

(14) Mattias Ekholm - (52) Matt Irwin

(7) Yannick Weber - (8) Petter Granberg

Goaltenders

(35) Pekka Rinne

(74) Juuse Saros

The Predators have not made an official announcement about the starting goalie for tonight’s game.

Check out OTF’s official game preview here. Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. CST.