The Vegas Golden Knights (48-22-7, 103 points) will finish up their final back-to-back of the season against the Nashville Predators (38-30-8, 84 points) this evening in Tennessee at 5:00 p.m. The VGK are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild Monday.
Jonathan Quick is expected to start, Chandler Stephenson could return from illness, and with a Golden Knight's victory, the Colorado Avalanche can clinch a trip to the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
What to Watch For
Preds Want Playoffs
The Nashville Predators are still in the hunt to make the playoffs this season, as they are five points back from the Winnipeg Jets for the last Wild Card position. From the way things currently stand, if the Predators were to make it in as the second wild card, they would play the VGK in round one.
The Golden Knights, who were the first team in the West to clinch, can play spoiler against the Predators and their playoff hopes tonight.
The challenge for the Predators to make the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs has gotten even harder these past couple of weeks as Roman Josi, Filip Forsberg, Matt Duchene, and Ryan Johansen are all out with injuries. Combine this with the fact that the Predators sold off Mattias Ekholm, Tanner Jeannot, Mikael Granlund, and Nino Niedderreiter at the trade deadline, and now their depth is greatly being tested.
*Insert 'Quick' Pun Here*
Jonathan Quick will get his first start in seven days as Laurent Brossoit has emerged in his last three-straight starts as a top candidate to take the Golden Knight's goaltending reigns. It will be interesting to see how Quick performs especially considering his former team, the LA Kings, will be in town Thursday.
Projected Golden Knights Line Combinations
Ivan Barbashev- Jack Eichel- Jonathan Marchessault
Reilly Smith- William Karlsson- Pavel Dorofeyev
Brett Howden- Nicolas Roy- Phil Kessel
Michael Amadio- Teddy Blueger- Keegan Kolesar
Alec Martinez- Alex Pietrangelo
Ben Hutton- Nicolas Hague
Brayden McNabb- Zach Whitecloud
Jonathan Quick/Laurent Brossoit
Golden Knights Special Teams
PP1: Eichel, Roy, Smith, Barbashev, Pietrangelo
PP2: Marchessault, Karlsson, Dorofeyev, Kessel, Hutton
PK1: Karlsson, Roy, McNabb, Pietrangelo
PK2: Blueger, Howden, Whitecloud, Martinez
Nolan Patrick, Robin Lehner/Mark Stone (c), Will Carrier, Adin Hill, Logan Thompson, Shea Theodore, Chandler Stephenson/Paul Cotter, Brayden Pachal
Projected Predators Line Combinations
Egor Afanasyev- Cody Glass- Philip Tomasino
Kiefer Sherwood- Thomas Novak- Luke Evangelista
Rasmus Asplund- Colton Sissons- Yakov Trenin
John Leonard- Mark Jankowski- Michael McCarron
Ryan McDonagh- Dante Fabbro
Spencer Stastney- Tyson Barrie
Kevin Gravel- Cal Foote
Juuse Saros/Kevin Lankinen
Predators Special Teams
PP1- Tomasino, Glass, Evangelista, Novak, Barrie
PP2- Trenin, Sissons, Sherwood, Asplund, Fabbro
PK1- Jankowski, McCaron, McDonagh, Fabbro
PK2- Sissons, Trenin, Gravel, Foote
Roman Jose (c), Filip Forsberg, Matt Duchene, Ryan Johansen, Jeremy Lauzon, Alexandre Carrier, Mark Borowiecki, Juuso Parssinen/Cole Smith, Jake Livingstone,
How to Watch/Listen
5:00 p.m. on AT&T Sportsnet, ESPN+ and Fox Sports 98.9 FM Radio.