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Monday, January 1st (All times eastern)

Colorado Avalanche (18-18-2) at Nashville Predators (26-10-3), 3 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche will try to avoid a fourth consecutive loss today, when they visit the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators for a New Year's Day matchup at Gaylord Entertainment Center.

The Avalanche's last two setbacks came in a home-and-home series with St. Louis. The Blues won 4-2 in Denver on Friday and then posted a 2-0 victory in Saturday's return trip to St. Louis.

Colorado fired 33 shots on goal in Saturday's game, but Manny Legace stopped every one to anchor St. Louis' shutout victory. Peter Budaj made 20 saves for the Avalanche.

Another loss this afternoon would tie Colorado's longest skid of the season, a four-game stretch from November 7-15.

The Avalanche, who are 8-9-1 as the visiting club this season, complete a brief two-game road trip today.

Nashville, meanwhile, won for the eighth time in 10 games Saturday against visiting Boston. Chris Mason stopped all 38 shots faced, recording his fourth shutout of the season, as the Predators blanked the Bruins, 5-0.

Paul Kariya had a goal and an assist for Nashville, which has also won three of its last four tests.

Dave Legwand, Shea Weber, Jerred Smithson and Josef Vasicek also tallied, while Jordin Tootoo added a pair of assists in the effort.

Saturday's win bumped the Preds' record to 12-2-3 in Nashville this season.

The Predators beat Colorado back on November 11 and have won two straight and seven of the last eight in this series. The Avs have dropped four in a row at Nashville during that stretch.

01/01 10:19:18 ET

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