Central Division opponents meet when Colorado hosts Nashville

Nashville Predators (5-6-1, seventh in the Central Division) vs. Colorado Avalanche (6-4-1, third in the Central Division)

Denver; Thursday, 9 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: The Colorado Avalanche play the Nashville Predators in a matchup of Central Division squads.

Colorado has a 6-4-1 record overall and a 2-0-1 record in Central Division play. The Avalanche have gone 1-3-1 in one-goal games.

Nashville is 1-2-0 against the Central Division and 5-6-1 overall. The Predators serve 11.8 penalty minutes per game to rank eighth in the league.

The teams meet Thursday for the sixth time this season. The Avalanche won the last matchup 5-3.

TOP PERFORMERS: Mikko Rantanen has seven goals and nine assists for the Avalanche. Evan Rodrigues has four goals and two assists over the past 10 games.

Matt Duchene has three goals and eight assists for the Predators. Filip Forsberg has four goals and seven assists over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Avalanche: 5-4-1, averaging 3.4 goals, 6.2 assists, 4.6 penalties and 10 penalty minutes while giving up 2.8 goals per game.

Predators: 3-6-1, averaging 2.6 goals, 4.8 assists, 4.3 penalties and 10.9 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game.

INJURIES: Avalanche: Valeri Nichushkin: out (ankle), Darren Helm: out (undisclosed), Gabriel Landeskog: out (knee), Bowen Byram: out (undisclosed).

Predators: Mark Borowiecki: out (upper body).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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