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Game 6 Projected Lineup: Predators at Avalanche

Preds Have Second Chance to Advance to Round Two for Third-Straight Season

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Game 6 in Denver at Pepsi Center provides a second opportunity for the Nashville Predators to advance to Round Two (tonight at 6 p.m. CT). 

Nashville held a 1-0 lead in the final minutes of Game 5, but saw the Colorado Avalanche respond with two goals of their own to force a Game 6 and cut the Preds' series lead to 3-2. Forward Scott Hartnell entered the Preds' lineup in Game 5 with Ryan Hartman suspended one game for an illegal check to the head of Carl Soderberg. Hartman is eligible to return to the ice for Game 6. 

The Predators did not practice on Saturday and did not hold a morning skate on Sunday. Below is a projected lineup based on Game 5: 

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Preds at Avalanche, Game 6: How to Watch, Live Stream

Nashville Has Colorado on Brink of Elimination in Game 6

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

No matter the result, the Predators are back in Colorado for the final time this spring.

Game 6 between the Preds and the Avs comes this evening from Pepsi Center, and with a 3-2 series lead, Nashville has another opportunity to close things out and advance to the second round with a victory.

A feverish comeback from the Avalanche at Bridgestone Arena on Friday night left a bitter taste in the immediate aftermath. Now, the Predators have regrouped, refocused and are moving on, looking to avenge Game 5's result and punch their ticket to Round Two.

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Game 5 Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Predators

Hartman to Miss Game 5 With Suspension; Hartnell Could Enter Preds' Lineup

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Predators can advance to the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third consecutive season with a win in Game 5 over the Avalanche (at 8:30 p.m. CT). 

Nashville won Game 4 in Denver to take a 3-1 series lead back to Music City; the Preds are 2-0 all-time with a 3-1 series lead.

Winger Calle Jarnkrok returned to the Predators lineup in Game 4, his first action since leaving a March 13 game with an upper-body injury. The Preds will be without the services of Ryan Hartman for Game 5 with the winger serving a one-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head in Game 4. Based on Friday's full morning skate, it appears Scott Hartnell could play his first game of the Round One series in place of Hartman. 

The Avalanche announced yesterday that goaltender Jonathan Bernier will miss Game 5 with a lower-body injury. Andrew Hammond is expected to start in net tonight for Colorado.

Below is a Preds projected lineup based on Friday's morning skate: 

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Preds vs. Avalanche, Game 5: How to Watch, Live Stream

Nashville Returns Home with Chance to Eliminate Colorado in Game 5

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Thanks to a 3-2 victory in Game 4, the Nashville Predators have returned home with a chance to end their series against the Colorado Avalanche tonight in Game 5, presented by Ford, at Bridgestone Arena. 

After dropping Game 3 in Denver, the Preds have now taken a 3-1 series lead over the Avs, the third time in club history Nashville has had a 3-1 advantage. The Predators were a perfect 3-for-3 last season with the chance to eliminate an opponent at home, and they'll look to do the same tonight.

"In the playoffs, it's not over till it's over," Predators defenseman P.K. Subban said. "Last year, we showed a lot of composure in those moments and executed well. I would expect us to execute at our best tomorrow."

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Game 4 Projected Lineup: Predators at Avalanche

Yannick Weber May Return to the Predators Lineup, Play First Game Since March 24

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Game 4 in Denver arrives with the Nashville Predators looking for a 3-1 series lead over the Colorado Avalanche (at 9 p.m. CT). 

Colorado raced out to a 4-0 lead in Game 3 and held off the Predators' late push to take the contest and hand Nashville their first loss of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Preds held a full practice yesterday and were joined by Calle Jarnkrok (upper-body injury; day-to-day) and Yannick Weber (upper-body injury; day-to-day). Weber skated alongside Matt Irwin during the practice and could return to the lineup tonight. 

Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard skated at Colorado's optional practice on Tuesday, but is unlikely to play with an upper-body injury. 

Below is a Preds projected lineup based on Tuesday's practice: 

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Preds at Avalanche, Game 4: How to Watch, Live Stream

Nashville Looks to Bounce Back from Game 3 Defeat in Colorado

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After suffering a 5-3 loss in Game 3, the Nashville Predators will look to bounce back tonight against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 4 with a chance to take a 3-1 series lead.

Three goals from the Avalanche in the opening period of Game 3 put the Preds in a hole, but they were encouraged by their play in the final 30 or so minutes of regulation that saw them score three goals of their own. Still, the Predators know they must have a better start in Game 4, and they're confident they'll be able to do so.

"The confidence in this locker room, we always try to play for each other and I think it's accountability," goaltender Pekka Rinne said. "We can talk all day long, but we have to come out [tonight] and be ready… I have no doubt in my head we're going to have a strong game [tonight]."

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Game 3 Projected Lineup: Predators at Avalanche

Nashville Can Take 3-0 Series Lead in First Round for Second-Straight Year

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Predators' Round One series shifts to Colorado with Nashville looking for a 3-0 series lead (tonight at 9 p.m. CT).

Eight different Preds have found the back of the net so far in the series, with Ryan Johansen, Colton Sissons and Austin Watson leading the club with three points apiece. Nashville held a full morning skate on Monday at Pepsi Center and were joined by Calle Jarnkrok (upper-body; day-to-day) and Yannick Weber (upper-body; day-to-day). Weber also participated in warm-ups prior to Game 2. 

Colorado has dropped the first two games of the series but returns home where they went 28-11-2 during the regular season. Defenseman Samuel Girard missed Game 2 with an upper-body injury; it appears unlikely he will return to the Avalanche lineup for Game 3. 

Below is a Preds projected lineup based on Monday's morning skate: 

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Preds at Avalanche, Game 3: How to Watch, Live Stream

Series Shifts to Colorado with Nashville Owning 2-0 Lead

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After collecting two wins in Nashville to begin their Round One series, the Predators joined the Avalanche as both teams headed back to Colorado for Games 3 and 4, the first of which will come tonight at the Pepsi Center.

The Predators have earned wins by counts of 5-2 in Game 1 and 5-4 in Game 2, the first time in franchise history they've scored five goals in consecutive playoff games. It's also the first 2-0 series lead taken on home ice, just the third time they've done so overall.

Now, for the second consecutive postseason, the Preds have a chance to win a third consecutive game in their opening round series. But, heading into a hostile environment, Nashville knows what they'll be up against - a Colorado team determined to get themselves back in the hunt.

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Game 2 Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Predators

Preds Can Take First-Ever 2-0 Series Lead at Home

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Game 2 between the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche comes Saturday afternoon (at 2 p.m. CT) at Bridgestone Arena. 

Nashville won Game 1, 5-2, behind two goals from Filip Forsberg and can take their first 2-0 series lead on home ice in franchise history with another victory. 

The Predators held a full practice on Friday afternoon and were joined again by Calle Jarnkrok (upper-body injury; day-to-day) and Yannick Weber (upper-body injury; day-to-day). Jarnkrok, Scott Hartnell and Eeli Tolvanen all took turns during line rushes as the fourth forward during the session. Nashville did not hold a morning skate on Saturday. 

It appears Colorado will go with the same lineup on Saturday afternoon that they utilized in Game 1, with head coach Jared Bednar saying on Friday he wasn't planning on making any lineup adjustments. 

Below is a Preds projected lineup based on Friday's practice: 

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Preds vs. Avalanche, Game 2: How to Watch, Live Stream

Nashville Tries for 2-0 Series Lead with Afternoon Tilt at Bridgestone Arena

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators have a chance to add to their Round One series lead against the Colorado Avalanche with Game 2, presented by Nissan, coming this afternoon at Bridgestone Arena.

Game 1 on Thursday night saw the Preds score four unanswered against the Avs - including two in the third period from Filip Forsberg - on their way to a 5-2 victory in Game 1.

Nashville was pleased with their finish on Thursday, but the start left something to be desired, and it'll be a focal point this afternoon, as the Preds would prefer not to play from behind against a speedy Avalanche team.

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