Thursday, January 20, 2011

Game Preview: Preds vs. Avs

The Nashville Predators will take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight in Denver for the 1st of 4 meetings between the two teams this year. Both are right in the thick of things as far as the race for playoff positioning in the Western Conference goes. Nashville comes in at 4th with 56 points and Colorado comes in at 7th with 54 points.

Don't look now but the Predators are only six points back from the mighty Detroit Red Wings in the Central Division.

Super Sophomore Matt Duchene will be the player to watch for the Avalanche. Duchene has 18 goals and 25 assists on the year which is good for 43 points. His 43 point mark so far this season is good for 15th in the NHL.

My Predators player to watch will obviously be J.P. Dumont. Dumont has 5 goals in his last 2 games, including a hat trick in Tuesday night's game at Phoenix. Will he continue his productive play?

I would expect Pekka Rinne to be in goal tonight for the Preds. Speaking of goaltenders, Anders Lindback continues to prove his great personality. According to Joshua Cooper of The Tennessean, there was only one hat that hit the ice when Dumont had his hat trick on Tuesday night. And it belonged to Anders Lindback.

Puck drop will be at approximately 8:07 P.M. The Preds look to continue their good play and keep space between them and the Avs.

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