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GAME: Colorado Avalanche (17-13-3) at Nashville Predators (20-7-3).

TIME: Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST.

The Nashville Predators have the most home wins in the NHL, but that may not intimidate the Colorado Avalanche.

Colorado tries to extend its points streak at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center to eight games when it meets the Predators for the second time this season.

The Avs have earned a point in their last seven visits to Nashville, and haven't lost there in regulation since a 5-2 defeat on Dec. 26, 2000. They'll be trying to continue that success against a Predators club that's 15-3-0 at home - including 9-0-0 in one-goal games - this season.

Colorado ended a three-game losing skid in which it allowed 15 goals by beating the New York Rangers 2-1 on Sunday.

Rookie goaltender Vitaly Kolesnik made 29 saves and Joe Sakic scored twice in a 19-second span of the second period to lead the Avs. Sakic's first goal came on the power play and the game-winner on the fifth penalty shot of his career.

Sakic, awarded the penalty shot after being hooked by Martin Straka on a breakaway, beat Kevin Weekes for his eighth goal in 11 games.

"I saw a little hole there and he almost made a good save," Sakic said. "It was a bounce it kind of needed. It could easily have hit his pad and stayed out."

Sakic has nine goals and 21 points in 23 games against the Predators, and his next goal will move him into 19th place on the NHL's all-time list with 557.

Nashville has won two straight following a three-game losing streak, and set a team record for goals in a period in its 7-3 win over Columbus on Saturday.

The Predators got six goals from six players in the second period against Blue Jackets goalie Marc Denis.

"I thought in the first period we could have had three or four goals," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "We didn't capitalize on our chances and then we sort of get a little bit of a lucky one - a hard shot from (Jordin) Tootoo and it squeezed through the legs of Denis, and that sort of got things rolling for us.

"I thought we skated a little bit better in the second period, even better than the first. And we created some power plays and wore them down a little bit."

Tootoo and Steve Sullivan each had a goal and an assist, and Dan Hamhuis added three assists for Nashville.

Goalie Tomas Vokoun had 23 saves in his return from a strained knee that kept him out three games. He's allowed three goals or less in 12 of his last 14 starts. Vokoun, though, is 0-4-0 with a 4.41 goal-against average against the Avs in Nashville.

The Predators have won four straight in this series, including a 5-2 victory in Denver on Oct. 12.

STANDINGS: Avalanche - 37 points, 4th place, 7 PB, Northwest Division. Predators - 43 points, 2nd place, 4 PB, Central Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Avalanche - Marek Svatos, 17 goals; Alex Tanguay, 24 assists and 36 points; Ian Laperriere, 55 PIM. Predators - Sullivan, 14 goals and 28 points; Kimmo Timonen, 18 assists; Darcy Hordichuk, 87 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Avalanche - Power play: 20.2 percent (43 for 212), 6th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.9 percent (158 for 186), 5th. Predators - Power play: 17.7 percent (36 for 203), 14th. Penalty killing: 86.1 percent (174 for 202), 4th.

GOALTENDERS: Avalanche - David Aebischer (11-7-0, 1 SO, 3.50 GAA); Kolesnik (3-2-0, 2.97). Predators - Vokoun (16-5-2, 1, 2.48); Chris Mason (3-1-1, 3.13).

SEASON SERIES: Predators, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct 12; Predators, 5-4. At Denver, Marek Zidlicky scored his second goal of the game at 13:36 of the third period to help Nashville come back from a 3-0 deficit.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Avalanche - 9-8-0 on the road; Predators - 15-3-0 at home.

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