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Saturday, December 15th (All times eastern)

Nashville Predators (14-13-2) at Colorado Avalanche (17-13-1), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche will try to continue their solid play on home ice and in the process sweep a home-and-home set with the Nashville Predators tonight, when the two clubs meet at the Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche and Predators met in Nashville on Thursday, with Colorado leaving town 2-1 victors.

Ian Laperriere's goal with 3:15 left in the third proved to be the difference- maker. Laperriere returned to the lineup after missing 12 of the previous 13 games with a knee injury and made it a 2-0 game when he tapped home a Jaroslav Hlinka feed.

That was big, as Alexander Radulov netted a goal with 19 seconds left in the game, spoiling Peter Budaj's shutout bid. Budaj turned aside 30 shots overall.

Ryan Smyth also scored for Colorado, which has won three of four, and Hlinka collected two assists.

Colorado comes into this game 12-3-0 at home and will hit the road for two games starting on Monday in Los Angeles.

The loss for Nashville was its second straight and fourth in five games. Chris Mason allowed two goals on 32 shots in the tough-luck setback. The Predators are 6-7-1 on the road and will be the visitor in five of their next six games.

Tonight's contest marks the first of three straight on the road for the team.

Martin Erat (neck) is doubtful for tonight's game, while Scott Nichol is eligible to return from a five-game suspension. He got his suspension for cross-checking Montreal defenseman Patrice Brisebois on December 1.

Colorado has won three of the last five meetings with the Predators.

12/15 10:40:39 ET


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