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Saturday, 11.11.2006 / 5:00 PM

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Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators

Perhaps the best way for the Nashville Predators to bounce back from a shutout loss to a face a team its done just enough against to beat consistently.

The Predators (9-4-1) look for their seventh win in eight games over the Colorado Avalanche when the teams face off at Gaylord Entertainment Center on Saturday.

Nashville's last six wins over Colorado (7-6-2) have been one-goal decisions. The Predators' only loss in four games against the Avalanche last season was a 3-0 shutout on Jan. 3 in Denver.

Steve Sullivan, tied with Paul Kariya for the team lead with 31 goals last season, had three and added three assists versus Colorado last season.

The Predators' five-game winning streak ended with a 3-0 loss to Detroit on Friday in a matchup of the top two teams in the Central Division. The loss also snapped the Predators' 10-game run of earning a point.

Tomas Vokoun made 37 saves in loss - Nashville's first in regulation since falling 3-1 at Chicago on Oct. 12. Nashville wasn't able to generate many quality scoring chances against Dominik Hasek, who turned aside all 21 shots he faced for his second straight shutout.

"I thought they beat us in all the hard areas today," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "There's no question they were the better team. They executed better. We didn't execute coming out of the zone and turned the puck over too much.

"They won all the one-on-one battles. They just kept putting the puck on the net."

Colorado has alternated wins and losses in its last four games, including a 6-5 defeat to Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Avalanche goaltender Jose Theodore allowed five goals - four in the second period - and was replaced by Peter Budaj to start the third. Colorado scored three times in the third period, capped by Tyler Arnason's goal with 2:01 remaining but got no closer.

"Our team showed a lot of character," Budaj said. "Our guys worked really hard. Our third period was really good. It's a 60-minute hockey game. If we would have played the same way as we did in the third we probably would have won."

Joe Sakic scored his seventh goal in the loss, tying him with Andrew Brunette for the team lead. The 37-year-old Sakic needs one assist to tie Hall of Famer Stan Mikita for 15th on the all-time list with 926.

Sakic had just a goal and three assists in four games versus Nashville last season.

2006-2007 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 07 '07NSH 4 at COL 2P. Kariya
Jan 30 '07NSH 3 at COL 4M. Hejduk
Jan 01 '07COL 5 at NSH 3O. Vaananen
Nov 11 '06COL 0 at NSH 1S. Upshall
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