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Avalanche will 'stay the course' after playoff series loss

GM Sakic wants to get younger, faster following bounce-back season

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Stay the course. That's the game plan for the Colorado Avalanche, general manager Joe Sakic said Monday.

One day after the Avalanche were eliminated by the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference First Round, Sakic said the goal is to get even younger and faster. The Avalanche were the youngest team in the NHL entering the Stanley Cup Playoffs with an average age of 25.8.

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Avalanche learn lessons, gain valuable experience in playoffs

Future bright for young team despite first-round loss to Predators

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

DENVER -- The fans at Pepsi Center stood and applauded the Colorado Avalanche in the final minutes of their 5-0 loss to the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round on Sunday.

Their final game was a tough one, but it didn't take away from what Colorado accomplished this season, clinching the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the West after finishing with an NHL-worst 48 points in 2016-17. There's plenty of upside for the young Avalanche, and their series against the Predators provided lessons that will benefit them in the future.

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Predators got boost from third line in first round against Avalanche

Scoring depth, excellent penalty kill, playoff experience helped Nashville advance

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators were pushed by the Colorado Avalanche but ultimately won their Western Conference First Round Series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in six games.

The Predators, who won the Presidents' Trophy as the best team during the regular season, will advance to the Western Conference Second Round for the third consecutive season. They will play the Winnipeg Jets after eliminating the Avalanche with a 5-0 win in Game 6 at Pepsi Center on Sunday.

Here are 5 reasons why the Predators advanced to the second round:

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Avalanche beset by injuries in first-round loss to Predators

Losing Varlamov, Johnson, issues on power play too much to overcome

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche's first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance since 2014 ended with a 5-0 loss to the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round at Pepsi Center on Sunday.

"It's not the way you want to finish, that's for sure," Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog said. "But nonetheless I'm proud of this team. I'm sure it's a feel-good story from where we were 12 months ago to here. But you always want more and unless you win the last game of the season, I don't think you're ever going to be satisfied."

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Predators put it all together to eliminate Avalanche in Game 6

Dominate from start, advance to second round

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

DENVER -- The Nashville Predators played pretty good hockey for most of the Western Conference First Round against the Colorado Avalanche. But that complete game, the one that was evident many times on their run to an NHL-best 117 points and the Presidents' Trophy in the regular season, eluded them.

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Predators shut out Avalanche in Game 6, advance to second round

Rinne makes 22 saves to clinch Western series; will face Jets next

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- The Nashville Predators advanced to the Western Conference Second Round with a 5-0 win against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 of the first round at Pepsi Center on Sunday.

Pekka Rinne made 22 saves for the Predators, who will play the Winnipeg Jets in the second round.

Viktor Arvidsson, Nick Bonino, Filip Forsberg, Austin Watson and Mattias Ekholm scored for Nashville, which won the Presidents' Trophy this season with 117 points (53-18-11).

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5 Keys: Predators at Avalanche, Game 6

Nashville would advance to second round with win, must solve Colorado goalie Hammond

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

PREDATORS at AVALANCHE

7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, ALT, FS-TN

Nashville leads best-of-7 series 3-2

 

DENVER -- The Nashville Predators will try to close out the Western Conference First Round against the Colorado Avalanche with a win at Pepsi Center on Sunday.

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Avalanche looking ahead to Game 6 after comeback against Predators

Have 'nothing to lose' as they try to extend Western series at home

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

DENVER -- Shortly after the Colorado Avalanche rallied to defeat the Nashville Predators 2-1 in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round on Friday, their captain, Gabriel Landeskog, was already looking ahead.

"No doubt this one feels good," Landeskog said. "But we've got a lot of work to do."

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Predators sharply focused on Game 6 against Avalanche

Playoff experience has Nashville confident it can eliminate Colorado, advance to second round

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators have been through enough experiences in the Stanley Cup Playoffs during the past four seasons to know there's no room for panic.

Nashville had an opportunity to close out the Colorado Avalanche in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Bridgestone Arena on Friday, but gave up two goals in the final 4:11 of regulation and lost 2-1.

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Comeau keeping Avalanche relaxed during first-round series

Veteran forward source of serenity for younger teammates against Predators

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

DENVER - Ask the Colorado Avalanche to describe forward Blake Comeau, and one word comes up often: calm.

Comeau isn't loud and he's not the most talkative player in the room. But when the Avalanche need to relax frazzled nerves, he's the player they look to do it.

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