Flyers vs. Predators preview: Welcome home, Ryan & Shea

7 p.m. tonight
Wells Fargo Center

TV: CSN Philly, FS Tennessee
RADIO: 94WIP
TICKETS: Starting at $20, 100 level from $45

That headline is how trade rumors start, and I really don't care.

Ryan Suter and Shea Weber will both be in the house, and they better get used to the surroundings at Wells Fargo Center, because soon enough, they're going to be living here as members of the Philadelphia Flyers. Both of them. We won't give up anything to get them and they'll have cap hits at the league minimum, too, because that's how Ed Snider rolls.

Alright, that might not be true, but the first part of that sentence is definitely true. They'll both be here, and they're both good at hockey, which makes tonight's game against the Nashville Predators interesting. In fact, the Preds are a pretty interesting group all together. We'll let our friends at On the Forecheck explain:

... what are we supposed to make of this bunch? Tuesday's stunning win at Minnesota has this band of youngsters (Brat Pack?) within sniffing distance of not just the Central Division lead, but the top spot in the Western Conference and the overall NHL, too. Dare we hope that something fundamental has developed within this squad over the last couple months, and that they legitimately belong up there with the NHL's elite, or are they simply playing over their heads right now, due for a fall back closer to .500 hockey at any time?

It's sort of ironic that two trade targets the Flyers are most interested in -- even if Weber almost certainly isn't being traded, and it looks the same for Suter, too -- will be in town tonight. According to the Inquirer, Erik Gustafsson will sit as a healthy scratch tonight and Andreas Lilja will suit up for the first time since January 12.

Lilja's been awful since returning from his injury, part of the reason why Gus was given such a big opportunity. Who knows if this is necessarily an indictment of Gus' play or just a chance to get Lilja back in the lineup after sitting for so long, but regardless, it does properly illustrate the fact that the Flyers could use some help on the blue line.

Reporters at the WFC this morning report Zac Rinaldo could be in the lineup. Bash bros line of Sestito, Rinaldo and Shelley? Yikes. It's possible. Ilya Bryzgalov gets the start in goal, and it'll be Anders Lindback for Nashville -- a bit of a surprise over usual starter Pekka Rinne.

Game time is 7 p.m., as usual. Catch it on CSN and WIP, as usual. Game thread at 5 p.m., as usual.

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