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Forsberg expected to play for Colorado

Saturday, 02.12.2011 / 3:59 PM / NHL Insider

By John Manasso - Correspondent

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Forsberg expected to play for Colorado
A night after making his season debut for the Avs, Peter Forsberg was expected to play for the second time in as many days on Saturday night.
NASHVILLE -- A night after making his season debut for the Colorado Avalanche, Peter Forsberg was expected to play for the second time in as many days Saturday against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

The Avalanche did not hold a morning skate and Forsberg, who is being followed by a sizable contingent of Swedish media, was not scheduled to speak to the media until after Saturday's game.
The 37-year-old Forsberg played 17:38 and was minus-2 with one shot in Friday's 3-1 loss at Columbus.

Forsberg was traded by Philadelphia to Nashville during the 2006-07 campaign. Though he only played 17 regular-season games and five playoff contests with the Predators, that short time created considerable buzz and is well remembered here.

At least a couple of members of the Predators organization watched his debut Friday.

"I was surprised -- I wasn't surprised because I know the individual -- he was strong," said Nashville coach Barry Trotz, who coached Forsberg with the Predators, with a chuckle. "I thought he made some passes that guys were surprised by .... he's got that vision and he does things so effortlessly. And I saw him battling like crazy, which is that warrior attitude that he has. I was surprised at how well he did and I wasn't surprised at how well he did, if that makes any sense."

Predators right wing Patric Hornqvist played on Forsberg's line at the 2010 Olympics for Sweden. Hornqvist said he looked like the same Forsberg as 10 years ago.

"If you give him time and space out there, we know it's going to cost us a lot so we have to stay tight on him like all the other top guys in the League," Hornqvist said.

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