Nashville Predators @ Colorado Avalanche Preview: Patrick Hornqvist's Return

Doug Pensinger

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?

The Stats

Nashville Predators Colorado Avalanche
Record 7-3-5 6th 5-7-1 28th
GF/Game 1.87 30th 2.31 26th
GA/Game 1.67 1st 2.92 19th
5-on-5 SF/60 21.2 30th 32.2 4th
5-on-5 SA/60 25.4 4th 29.9 23rd
Fenwick Close 47.47 23rd 49.38 19th
5-on-5 Save % .943 2nd .919 17th
5-on-4 GF/60 5.6 16th 4.5 24th
# of PP's/Gm 3.20 29th 3.31 28th
4-on-5 GA/60 4.2 5th 7.3 20th
# 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.

Colorado Avalanche

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:


P.A. Parenteau

#15 / Left Wing / Colorado Avalanche

6-0

193

Mar 24, 1983



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG
SOG PCT
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.

Nashville Predators

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:


Colin Wilson

#33 / Center / Nashville Predators

6-1

214

Oct 20, 1989



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG
SOG PCT
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?

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