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Game 24 Preview: Avalanche @ Predators

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After dropping five straight games at home, the Avalanche (9-13-1) will look to dig themselves out of the NHL's basement on the road starting against the Nashville Predators (11-9-4).

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It's a hard time to be an Avalanche fan these days. With a five game homestand ending without the Avs picking up a point, the Avs suddenly find themselves with the worst record in the NHL, and the bad news doesn't stop there. Erik Johnson, one of the few bright spots the Avs have had this season is now out 6-8 weeks with a broken fibula. After the season started with a see-saw of inconsistent play, the Avs have spiraled down a toilet of listless play. The worst thing of all, there doesn't seem to be any signs of improvement coming.

Tuesday night the Avs will kick off a four-game trip starting in Nashville. The Predators have been two different teams at home and away. Last month the Predators came to Denver twice and notched two of the three away wins they have on the season. At home, however, the Predators are a fantastic squad, with an 8-2-2 record. We'll see how they fair against the worse team in the NHL on Tuesday.

LINES

Mitchell-Duchene-Rantanen

Bourque-MacKinnon-Comeau

Grigorenko-Soderberg-Iginla

McLeod-Colborne-Martinsen

Zadorov-Barrie

Beauchemin-Goloubef

Gelinas-Wierchioch

Varlamov

Pickard

NOTES

- Avs lead scorer Nathan MacKinnon, isn't even among the top 100 scorers in the NHL.

- The Avs most recent addition in the revolving call-ups is recently acquired Cody Goloubef.

- After this most recent homestand, the Avs have by far the worse home record in the NHL.

GAME INFO

Game time: 6pm MT

TV: ALT