The Preds will celebrate Presidents Day with an afternoon game in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche (2:00 p.m. on FS-TN). Will the return of Patric Hornqvist spark the Preds' attack?
|Nashville Predators||Colorado Avalanche|
|5-on-5 Save %||.943||2nd||.919||17th|
|# of PP's/Gm||3.20||29th||3.31||28th|
|# of PK's/Gm||3.73||7th||4.62||27th|
Keep in mind that even though the Avs rank 28th in the league standings, they've played two fewer games than the Predators, and their fundamentals aren't quite so bad as you might think at first blush. With a 3-6-1 record in their last 10 games, however, the mood is sour in Colorado.
The Avalanche has dropped nine straight games against Nashville, and are itching to
Over at Mile High Hockey, they have a complete listing of their players' performance against the Predators all-time, but the guy I'm most interested to watch is P.A. Parenteau, who signed with Colorado as a free agent last summer and is off to a fine start with his new team:
|2012 - P.A. Parenteau||13||7||4||11||+5||8||1||0||1||31||22.6|
Of course, the major drama surrounding the Avs is the situation between the team and Ryan O'Reilly, brother of former Pred Cal and a restricted free agent who can't come to terms with the Avalanche. After a 55-point season in 2011-2012, is he really a prime time star, deserving that kind of pay? While that question remains unresolved, the Avs have to do without one of their top talents.
At long last, Patric Hornqvist is due to return to action today, a little bit ahead of the schedule initially discussed by the team. How will his presence impact the forward lines?
Preds' PR informs us that since the 2003-4 season, Nashville is 22-7-8 in afternoon games, so even if you have to work and can't watch this one (like the vast majority of us) you can cling to that for hope.
The man of the hour these days, of course, is leading scorer Colin Wilson:
|2012 - Colin Wilson||15||4||6||10||+3||4||1||0||1||20||20.0|
Perhaps the most impressive goal of his career came in Denver a couple years ago. Will he be inspired by a return to the scene of this dandy?