[9:08 PM] Predators @ Avalanche

Who will WIN this matchup?

Nashville Predators (2-5-1)

@ Colorado Avalanche (4-3-0)
Starting Goalies:

Pekka Rinne(NSH): Unconfirmed

Semyon Varlamov(COL): Confirmed


Current odds:

Nashville Predators: (-110)

Colorado Avalanche: (-110)


The Nashville Predators are looking like a shell of the team that came within one win of reaching the Western Conference finals last season. Mired in last place in the Central Division, the Predators look to halt a three-game skid when they continue a five-game road trip with a visit to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

Nashville has negated the success of its power play, which has converted on 10 of 28 chances, with woeful penalty killing, allowing the opposition to score on one-third of its opportunities (9 of 27). Another issue bedeviling the Predators is constantly being in catch-up mode, yielding the opening goal in all but one game.

Rene Bourque, who scored 75 goals in a span of three seasons with Calgary (2008-11), has largely fallen off the NHL radar and found his way onto Colorado’s roster via a professional trying in training camp. He made his first goal with the Avalanche count, delivering the go-ahead tally on the power play at Arizona.

Duchene has nine goals and 23 points in 25 games against Nashville.

Predators F Filip Forsberg, a 33-goal scorer last season, is still seeking his first tally.

Avalanche D Fedor Tyutin (groin), sidelined for three games, returned to practice Monday while F Gabriel Bourque was sent to the minors.


StreakSmarts Pick: Colorado Avalanche

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick