Predators @ Colorado Avalanche (Game 16): Preview

The Nashville Predators fly to the Mile High City to take on the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center, Monday afternoon. Nashville is ranked 4th in the Western Conference with 19 points, while Colorado is ranked 14th in the West with 11 points. Puck drops at a special start time, 2:07pm CT/1:07pm MT.


TV/Radio Coverage

Nashville: Fox Sports Tennessee and 102.5 The Game

Colorado: Altitude and Altitude Radio Network AM 950

National: NHL Network

Season Series

This will be the first meeting this season.

Line Up News

Starting Goaltenders:

#30 Chris Mason 1 0 1 1.45 .952
#1 Semyon Varlamov 3 7 1 2.81 .909

Projected Nashville Scratches: #7 D Jonathon Blum, #18 W Brandon Yip and #23 W Brian McGrattan (conditioning assignment)

Projected Colorado Scratches: #6 D Erik Johnson (head), #22 D Matt Hunwick and #43 C Michael Sgarbossa; #92 W Gabriel Landeskog (IR; head)

Projected Lines


#33 Colin Wilson #12 Mike Fisher #10 Mike Fisher
#57 Gabriel Bourque #11 David Legwand #27 Patric Hornqvist
#74 Sergei Kostisyn #13 Nick Spaling #15 Craig Smith
#24 Matt Halischuk #28 Paul Gaustad #16 Richard Clune
#6 Shea Weber #22 Scott Hannan
#8 Kevin Klein #59 Roman Josi
#75 Hal Gill #4 Ryan Ellis
#30 Chris Mason
#35 Pekka Rinne


#11 Jamie McGinn #9 Matt Duchene #15 PA Parenteau
#17 Aaron Palushaj #26 Paul Stastney #54 David Jones
#55 Cody McLeod #7 John Mitchell #23 Milan Hejduk
#58 Patrick Bordeleau #40 Mark Olver #12 Chuck Kobasew
#41 Tyson Barrie #8 Jan Hejda
#3 Ryan O'Byrne #4 Greg Zanon
#5 Shane O'Brien #46 Stefan Elliott
#1 Semyon Varlamov
#35 Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Thoughts on Both Teams

Predators: Entering Monday's game, Nashville will gain a huge asset in the return of Patric Hornqvist to the lineup. Hornqvist, who was injured January 16 in a game against the Anaheim Ducks, will be taken off injured reserve prior to the start of the game. Hornqvist will bring much more net front presence, which will help the power play that has been awful of late.

This game against the Avalanche is the first of back-to-back games. Tuesday, the Predators return to the Music City and take on rival Detroit Red Wings. With Tuesday night being a bigger game, expect Chris Mason to start so Pekka Rinne can get some rest to play Detroit.

The keys to win is 1) Pucks, people to the net; 2) Get the power play working again; and 3) Win the game early.

Avalanche: After blowing a 4-1 lead Saturday night to the Edmonton Oilers in regulation 4-6, Colorado is mad and want to get the two points they should have had Saturday. Semyon Varlamov has to be the angriest man in the locker room being left out to dry having 56 shots being put on him. 

The loss of Gabriel Landeskog has hurt them extremely. Landeskog is starting to skate after being put on injured reserve with a head injury. Also, losing defenseman Erik Johnson has to hurt as well since he is their number one guy on the back end. Johnson is also out with a head injury.

In hope of defensive support, the Avalanche called up Stefan Elliott from the AHL.

Without forward Ryan O'Reilly, Colorado is losing a scoring threat. O'Reilly is looking to be traded and has yet to play a game for the club. He is quickly burning bridges with fans and team mates with his no show so far this season.

Colorado Avalanche Players to Watch:

Name GP G A
#9 Matt Duchene 13 5 9
#23 Milan Hejduk 13 2 5
#7 John Mitchell 12 5 4