Found January 11, 2012 on Inside Smashville:

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Colorado Avalanche 23-20-1

Nashville Predators 23-15-4

  Ryan Ellis #49 Of The Nashville Predators Celebrates

The Nashville Predators look to win their third game in a row when they face off against the Colorado Avalanche Thursday night. Nashville sits in sixth spot in the Western Conference standings, are just 3 points back of the Detroit Red Wings, and just 5 points back of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Central Division is once again one of, if not, the strongest division in the NHL, and is so hotly contested this year that it is entirely up for grabs who will reign at the end of the regular season.

Currently, the St. Louis Blues are on top but are tied in points with the Blackhawks at 55.

If the Predators wish to remain in the mix for the division title, they will need to keep pace by sweeping the home-and-home series with the Avalanche that concludes Thursday at Bridgestone Arena.

On Tuesday night, the Predators handed Colorado just their third loss in their last 12 contests. The loss was the second in a row for the Avalanche who had not lost more than one consecutive game since December 9th.

Having struggled in November, Colorado sits in 10th place in the West, three points back of Nashville. A win for the Predators would give Nashville some breathing room from a cluster of teams just outside the top 8 in the Western Conference, but a loss would pull the Predators within one point of Colorado and just two points above ninth place Dallas.

Patric Hornqvist has three goals in his last two games and rookie defenseman Ryan Ellis is currently one of the hottest Predators with 4 points in his last two games, including 2 power play goals and 2 assists. Ellis ranks third on the team for average ice time at 3:03, behind only Ryan Suter at 4:07 and Captain Shea Weber at 3:57.

In 49 games against the Avalanche, the Predators have a 23-20-6 record and are 12-9-3 all-time against the Avalanche on home ice. Currently, Nashville has won six straight against Colorado going back to February 4, 2010.



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