If the Nashville Predators want to return to the playoffs, they probably can't afford to lose too many more times to the lowly Colorado Avalanche.
The Predators have already dropped the first two meetings, but have to like their chances Tuesday night as they try to extend the Avalanche's road losing streak to 13 games.
Nashville (14-14-8) is in 11th place in the Western Conference with 36 points - two out of a postseason spot. With points at a premium, failing to beat Colorado (12-19-4) figures to be costly.
The Predators had won nine straight over the Avalanche entering this season, but fell 6-5 on Feb. 18 and 1-0 in overtime last Saturday to the West's worst team in the first two 2013 meetings.
Those contests were in Denver, and the Predators have won six straight at home in this series.
The Avalanche, meanwhile, are 0-9-3 in their last 12 on the road for the franchise's longest such slide since a team-record 18-game skid as the Quebec Nordiques from Jan. 18-April 1, 1990.