Avalanche Deal Blues Costly 4-1 Defeat

Elias Hubbard
March 17, 2018

The Nashville Predators not only took down the Colorado Avalanche on Friday 4-2, but more importantly, clinched a playoff spot. Predators goalie Juuse Saros finished with 33 saves. They have opened a 10-point advantage in the Central Division over second place Winnipeg and sit four points above the Eastern Conference leading Lightning with 11 games to play. Gabriel Landeskog also scored for Coloado, which snapped a three-game winning streak. MacKinnon entered Friday's game leading the National Hockey League in points-per-game (1.37) and his 86 points were the most in Avalanche history since Joe Sakic had 100 in 2006-07. Nashville also has not lost in regulation since dropping a 3-1 decision to the Red Wings on February 17. He scored again in the second, breaking the 2-2 tie, putting the Predators up by a goal.

After a defensive-oriented third period, Forsberg put the game away with an empty-net goal with just over a minute left in the game.

The Predators are peaking at the right time and are finally rounding into the Stanley Cup contender many expected them to be at the beginning of the year after returning the majority of a roster that fell two games short of hockey's biggest prize last season. Jarnkrok, who has 16 goals and 19 assists this season, could be back at some point during the postseason.

Sissons gave Nashville a 1-0 lead with 2:34 left in the opening period.

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