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Predators aim to cool off red-hot Avalanche

by Jon Lane

PREDATORS (7-5-2) at AVALANCHE (12-1-0)


Last 10: Nashville 6-2-2; Colorado 9-1-0

Season series: This is the second of four meetings between the Nashville Predators and the Colorado Avalanche. On Oct. 4 PA Parenteau scored twice in a 3-1 Avalanche win in Denver.

Big story: The Avalanche enter the game on their second six-game winning streak of the season. Their 12-1-0 start is the best in the franchise's 18 seasons in Colorado and matches the 1994-95 Quebec Nordiques. In fact, this season's Avalanche are off to a faster start than the 1996 and 2001 teams that won the Stanley Cup.

''We're 12-1, and everyone in this locker room feels like we're not satisfied,'' rookie Nathan MacKinnon said. ''That's the exciting part, that we can get better; 12-1 is great, but 13-1 is even better.''

The Predators are making the third stop on a seven-game, 17-day road trip, the longest they've been away from Bridgestone Arena in franchise history. They've picked up three of a possible four points so far with a shootout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes and a win against the Los Angeles Kings.

Team Scope:

Predators: The Predators can thank Legwand for rescuing them Saturday in L.A. after they blew a two-goal, third-period lead, two nights after losing a three-goal advantage. Legwand's second goal with 3:56 left gave Nashville a 4-3 win.

''David was trying to get to the net in this game and he was more detailed,'' coach Barry Trotz said. ''His game is getting rewarded by working and paying the price. It was good to see him get a reward for some good hard work.''

It would behoove the Predators to score first Wednesday. The team's record when scoring the game's initial goal is 6-0-2.

Avalanche: Gabriel Landeskog's goal and assist led the Avalanche to yet another victory Saturday night when they defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1. Jean-Sebastien Giguere's 29 saves also helped Patrick Roy to a win in his first game against his former team since becoming Colorado's coach.

"It's fun to see things working out here as well as they are," Roy said. "This game meant a lot to the guys and it meant a lot to me."

Roy has set his goalie rotation for the next three games. Semyon Varlamov will start against Nashville. Giguere will be in net Friday against the Calgary Flames and the Avalanche will go back to Varlamov on Sunday against the Washington Capitals.

Who's hot: Legwand has five points in his past two games and seven of his 12 in the past four. Patric Hornqvist's three assists against the Kings was a career-high … Giguere (0.75 goals-against average, .977 save percentage, two shutouts) is unbeaten and compiled a shutout streak of 122 minutes and 33 seconds that ended Saturday. Varlamov's 7-1-0 October record was the highest winning percentage (.875) by an Avalanche/Nordiques goalie in that month. Before allowing a third-period power-play goal Saturday, the Avalanche had a streak of 20 consecutive penalty kills, their longest since also killing 20 straight from March 14-24, 2012.

Injury report: Mike Fisher (lower body) and Matt Hendricks (upper body) will not play. Rinne (infection after hip surgery) is on injured reserve … The Avalanche welcome back Jamie McGinn (knee) after the left wing missed three games. Alex Tanguay (knee) is out for at least the next two weeks but Andre Benoit (groin) is probable.


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