A three-game home stand begins tonight in Nashville as the Predators host the Colorado Avalanche at Bridgestone Arena. It's Colorado's second and final visit to the Music City this season; the Preds will visit the Avs twice in 2018.
Nashville will be looking to start a new streak tonight after a string of five-straight wins came to an end with a loss in Minnesota on Thursday night.
"You have to be as consistent as possible," Nashville center Ryan Johansen said after the loss. "We've been doing a good job of finding ways to get wins, and tonight, we just have to learn from it and move on."
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Last Time Out:
Four unanswered goals in the third period saw the Minnesota Wild come back to defeat the Preds by a 6-4 final on Thursday. Ryan Johansen scored his first goal of the season and finished the night with three points. Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm and Viktor Arvidsson also found the back of the net for Nashville, while Calle Jarnkrok and Miikka Salomaki both saw their four-game point streaks come to an end.
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After dropping three games in a row, the Avalanche trounced the Capitals by a 6-2 final on Thursday night in Colorado. Nathan MacKinnon leads the team with 20 points, followed by Mikko Rantanen with 17. Gabriel Landeskog's eight goals are tops on the club, while MacKinnon and Rantanen have six each.
Tonight marks the first time the Preds have seen the Avs since the two got together with Ottawa to complete a three-team trade that sent Matt Duchene to the Senators and Kyle Turris to Nashville. Forward Vladislav Kamenev and defenseman Samuel Girard were sent from Nashville to Colorado in the trade, and while Girard is expected to dress against his former team tonight, Kamenev broke his arm in Thursday's win and is out indefinitely.
Although he was a healthy scratch on Thursday, this will also be the first time former Preds forward Gabriel Bourque will be back in Nashville since signing with the Avalanche organization to begin the 2016-17 season.
The Predators are 39-28-5-3 all-time against the Avalanche, including a 21-12-3-1 record versus Colorado at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville has a seven-game winning streak against Colorado, outscoring the Avalanche 29-15 during their streak.
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Notables Versus Colorado:
Roman Josi has points (4g-6a) in seven-straight games against Colorado, including three multi-point contests. Ryan Johansen scored in his first game with the Predators against the Avs on Jan. 8, 2016, while Matt Irwin scored his both his first career NHL goal (1/26/13) and first goal as a Predator (11/1/16) against the Avalanche.
When You Go:
Tonight marks the second Predators Hockey Fights Cancer Night. The evening will highlight the strong relationship between the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
The Nashville Predators Foundation, in partnership with Delaware North Concessions, is adding $1 buttons for all November home games. Add $1 onto any concession purchase at Saturday's game and donate directly to the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily.
All fans in attendance will receive a Predators luggage tag presented by Nashville International Airport.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. CT ahead of the 7 p.m. start.
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Watch & Listen:
Tonight's game from Nashville comes with a 7 p.m. CT start time with Predators Live Pregame beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Tennessee. The game can also be heard on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Plus, follow @PredsNHL on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat for updates from Bridgestone Arena.
Listen to a Live Radio Feed (only active during the game broadcast window).
Watch a Live Streamof the game on the Fox Sports Go App or Watch on NHL.TV.