NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, April 2nd
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (12-19-4) at Nashville Predators (14-14-8), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators aim to avoid their second four-game
losing streak in less than three weeks as they battle the Colorado Avalanche
on Tuesday evening for the second time in four days.
The Preds dropped a season-high four straight from March 14-19 before
rebounding to win three in a row. However, that run was snapped with a
regulation loss to the Phoenix Coyotes ahead of consecutive post-regulation
setbacks to Colorado and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Nashville had to rally to get its point on Monday night versus the Blackhawks,
getting goals from David Legwand and Taylor Beck in the third period of a 3-2
shootout loss. Legwand got the Predators on the board at the 3:56 mark of the
third when he jammed a puck past a slow-covering Corey Crawford and Beck tied
the game 3 1/2 minutes later.
"We got a little bit of a lucky goal ... and that gave us momentum," Predators
head coach Barry Trotz said of Legwand's tally.
Pekka Rinne was busy with 38 saves, but was beaten twice in the five-round
The loss leaves the Predators two points back of the eighth-place St. Louis
Blues in the Western Conference.
Monday was a second straight solid outing by Rinne, who made 23 saves on 24
shots faced in Saturday's 1-0 overtime loss at the Avalanche. He kept Colorado
off the board until the 50-second mark of overtime, when Tyson Barrie found
the back of the net.
Semyon Varlamov made 34 saves for the Avs in his 11th career shutout.
It was a much different game from when the clubs met in Denver on Feb. 18, a
wild 6-5 win for the Avalanche. Matt Duchene and Aaron Palushaj both had a
goal and two assists for Colorado.
The Avs had been swept by the Predators in each of the previous two seasons
and had dropped nine straight and 11 of the previous 12 encounters before
winning the two home meetings this season.
Colorado has lost six straight and seven of its last eight in Nashville.
That isn't good news for an Avalanche team that has lost 12 straight on the
road overall and is just 2-13-3 as the guest on the year. Saturday's win over
the Predators was just one of two wins overall that Colorado has over its last
11 games and the club is coming off Monday's 3-2 setback at the Detroit Red
Coming off the shutout win over the Preds, Varlamov made 10 saves and was
pulled after allowing his third goal of the game at the 9:54 mark of the
second period. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped all seven shots faced in relief,
but the Avs could not complete a rally.
Jamie McGinn got Colorado on the board with a power-play tally 5:52 into the
third period and Duchene made it a one-goal game with 1:18 to play before time
ran out on the Avs.
"It's really brutal and unacceptable," said Duchene about the road woes. "I
could keep throwing out adjectives here to describe it, but at the end of the
day it's just not good enough."
Colorado is last in the Western Conference with 28 points, 10 back of a
playoff spot, and placed forwards Paul Stastny (foot) and Milan Hejduk
(shoulder) on injured reserve ahead of Monday's game.
04/02 11:37:49 ET