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Monday, November 24th (All times eastern)

Nashville Predators (8-10-1-0) at Colorado Avalanche (12-6-1-1), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche try to get back on the winning track this evening when they welcome the Nashville Predators to the Pepsi Center.

The Avs had their three-game winning streak stopped on Saturday, as they were blanked for the first time since November 30, 2002 in a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

David Aebischer stopped 23 shots for the Avalanche, who failed to post a point for the first time in 10 games (7-1-1-1). It was also the first time Colorado was held without a goal at home since March 23, 2002.

To make matters worse center Andrei Nikolishin left the game in the second period with a knee injury and will be lost two-to-three weeks. He now joins injured stars Peter Forsberg and Paul Kariya on the sidelines.

Forsberg has missed six straight games and nine of the past 11 with a pulled abdominal muscle, while Kariya has missed the last three after re-injuring his wrist.

Colorado, which is 7-4-1 at home this season, will be wrapping up a five-game homestand tonight.

Nashville, meanwhile, has won four of its last six, but enters tonight's tilt on a losing note after falling, 3-1, to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Scott Hartnell scored the lone goal for the Predators, while Chris Mason stopped 29 shots in defeat.

Tomas Vokoun, who had started 13 straight games before sitting out Saturday's loss, will likely be back between the pipes tonight.

Nashville's Marek Zidlicky and San Jose's Mike Ricci went crashing into the boards late in the third period, and Zidlicky remained on the ice for some time. However, he was able to leave the ice under his own power.

Nashville, which will be closing out a four-game road trip tonight, is 2-6-0 on the road this season.

The Preds, who lost to Colorado earlier in the season, could have the advantage tonight, as the road team in this series is 7-1-2 in the last 10 meetings. Colorado, though, is 5-1-1 in the last seven matchups and is 2-6-2 in its last eight at home against Nashville.

11/24 16:10:38 ET


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