After beating the Blackhawks 1-0 in Game 1, it looks like we will see the same Predators lineup tonight as we did on Thursday.
This according to Adam Vingan of The Tennessean:
The Predators don't appear to be making any changes to their forward lines for Game 2.— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) April 15, 2017
This means the lineup is still without Colin Wilson and, assuming that the defensive pairings are the same, probably looks like this:
Viktor Arvidsson — Ryan Johansen — Filip Forsberg
Kevin Fiala — Calle Jarnkrok — James Neal
Harry Zolnierczyk — Mike Fisher — Austin Watson
Pontus Aberg — Colton Sissons — Craig Smith
Roman Josi — Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm — P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin — Yannick Weber
On the other side of the ice, Joel Quenneville has apparently made some changes to his forward lines, most notably to the top line. According to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times, it looks like Ryan Hartman and Nick Schmaltz will swap places, while Dennis Rasmussen might get a chance on the 4th line.
Ryan Hartman — Jonathan Toews — Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin — Artem Anisimov — Patrick Kane
Nick Schmaltz — Marcus Kruger — Marian Hossa
Dennis Rasmussen — Tanner Kero — Jordin Tootoo
Niklas Hjalmarsson -- Duncan Keith
Johnny Oduya — Brent Seabrook
Brian Campbell — Trevor Van Riemsdyk
It should be interesting to see how these teams come out of the gate. You have to expect the Blackhawks are going to be hangry for a win. The Predators will need to respond accordingly. Also, there were a lot of fisticuffs in yesterday’s playoff games—will we see the same tonight?