NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
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
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
Colorado, which is 7-4-1 at home this season, will be wrapping up a five-game
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