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11-08-2008, 01:31 PM
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Overview: After a pair of losses that resulted in the team being outscored 11-6, the Nashville Predators return to America (**** yeah!) to take on the Colorado Avalanche, a team that has had quite a few struggles of its own. The Avs come in with a five game losing streak, being outscored by an combined 21-8. The high-flying Predators were outscored 11-6 in their two games north of the border, but will seek to improve their GAA against this struggling Colorado team, while Colorado looks to break out of its funk and get back in the thick of the playoff race.
Who gets the unfortunate distinction of being the streak-breaker tonight?


Predators Team Leaders
Goals: Shea Weber, Martin Erat, 7
Assists: Jean-Pierre Dumont, 14
Points: Dumont, 16
Power Play Goals: Jason Arnott, 4
Power Play Scoring: Dumont, 7 (0g-7a)
Short-Handed Goals: Weber, Ward, Fiddler, 1
Short-Handed Scoring: Weber (1g-1a), Nichol (2a), 2
Shots: Weber, 43
Shooting Percentage: Arnott, 30.0%
Plus-Minus: Ward, Weber, +4
Penalty Minutes: Jordin Tootoo, 24
Hits: Dan Hamhuis, 30
Blocked Shots: Greg Zanon, 38
Giveaways: Dumont, 9
Takeawas: Hamhuis, Tootoo, 10
Turnover Differential: Tootoo, +7
Wins: Dan Ellis, 4-6-1
GAA: Rinne, 3.90
Save Percentage: Ellis, 88.3%
Shutouts: None Recorded

Predators Fun Fact: Martin Erat is now just one goal away from tying Greg Johnson and Scott Hartnell at third on the all-time goal-scoring list.

Predators Player to Watch:
After a slow start, it appears David Legwand may finally be starting to come around offensively, with five points in his last four games.

Predators Reason to Worry: The Predators have the worst road penalty kill in the entire NHL, at a disheartening 66.7%. With Colorado's power play clickking at 18.4% at the Pepsi Center, this could be a rough night if the Preds can't stay out of the box.

Predators Injuries
Joel Ward (Head, Out)
Martin Erat (Upper Body Injury, Doubtful)

Predators Projected Lineup
Hörnqvist-Arnott-Dumont
Jones-Legwand-Erat
Peverley-Nichol-Tootoo
Fiddler-Bonk-Smithson

Weber-Suter
Hamhuis-De Vries
Zanon-Koistinen

Ellis


Avalanche Team Leaders
Goals: Milan Hejduk, 8
Assists: Paul Stastny, Joe Sakic, 10
Points: Hejduk, 13
Power Play Goals: Hejduk, Stastny, 3
Short-Handed Goals: None Recorded
Shots: Hejduk, 45
Shooting Percentage: Ben Guite, 22.2%
Plus-Minus: Guite, +3
Penalty Minutes: Ian Laperriere, 50
Wins: Peter Budaj, 3-7-0
Goals Against Average: Budaj, 3.40
Save Percentage: Budaj, 87.4%
Shutouts: None Recorded

Avalanche Fun Fact: Agitator Darcy Tucker will be looking for his 200th career NHL goal tonight.

Avalanche Player to Watch: T.J. Hensick, recently recalled from Erie, will be expected to make some things happen on the lower lines and is more than capable of doing so after posting 13 points in 10 games in the AHL, and an assist in his first game with the AVs this season.

Avalanche Reason to Worry: The Avs have one of the most porous goaltending tandems in the NHL. Peter Budaj and Andrew Raycroft have conceded a combined 45 goals in 13 contests (a 3.46 GAA), and have a combined save percentage of just 88.3%.

Avalanche Injuries

Scott Hannan, D (Flu-like symptoms, Game-Time Decision)
Daniel Tjärnqvist (Foot)
Joe Sakic (Back, Game-Time Decision)

Avalanche Projected Lineup
Smyth-Stastny-Hejduk
Wolski-Sakic-Svatos
McLeod-Hensick-Tucker
McCormick-Guite-Laperriere

Liles-Hannan
Salei-Clark
Leopold-Foote

Budaj




Media Coverage:
In Denver, the game will be covered on Altitude (in HD) and Mile High Sports Radio AM 1510. In Nashville, the game will be broadcast on FSN (available in HD), and 104.5 "The Zone." Face-off is at 8PM CST.


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