Defenseman Ryan Ellis could return to the Nashville Predators lineup against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, FS-TN, NHL.TV).

Ellis has not played this season while recovering from offseason knee surgery. He participated in practice in Nashville on Monday and was paired with Roman Josi.

"Today was a good practice," Ellis said. "We'll see what the coaches have to say and what they want to do with the lineup, but it's been a long road. A lot of work, a lot of long days. But we'll see what the coaches have in store."

The Predators kept defensemen Alexei Emelin and P.K. Subban paired at practice and shifted Mattias Ekholm to a pair with Anthony Bitetto. Ekholm has been paired with Josi for most of the season.

Ellis has been practicing without a non-contact jersey since Dec. 20. His original timetable to return from injury was between Christmas and New Year's Day.