Three things to watch for as Predators-Avalanche series hits Denver

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Semyon Varlamov has stopped 28.8 shots per game as the primary option in goal for the Avalanche.

"What I really liked about it, it was a power move", Laviolette said.

Viktor Arvidsson gave the Predators a 2-1 lead on a attractive unassisted play at 12:36 of the second period, beating Colorado goalie Jonathan Bernier, for the goal. They've been forced to try and outscore the Presidents' Trophy-winning Predators, and as you can expect it just hasn't worked out. "That's with every team in the playoffs, but they play desperate, they play fast, they've got a lot of young skill over there".

Colorado scored on its first official shot as Rinne didn't appear to see Zadorov's wrister with the puck going over his glove at 6:36 off assists from Mikko Rantanen and MacKinnon.

The Nashville forward wound up with not only the first playoff goal of his career but the victor with 1:09 left as the Predators held off the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in their first-round Western Conference series.

"It shows us we're right with them", Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie said.

Nashville has won 12 straight games overall vs. the Avalanche and was 2-0 in Denver during the regular season. "For us to be able to hold up our end of the bargain and get the two wins is great".

Zadorov leads the group with a goal and an assist.

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"We're in a tough spot right now", MacKinnon said. Both teams allow a fair amount of shots, but the Avs - now sans Erik Johnson - are in the middle of the pack when it comes to goals allowed per game, whereas their Central Division foes not only prevent more scores but do plenty of scoring on defense themselves.

Johansen's goal at 16:32 of the second period.

Girard was scratched from Game 2 with an upper-body injury and his status for Monday's Game 3 is not known.

Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm also recorded assists on the same two goals that Subban had assists. Johansen got the puck on a breakaway and beat Bernier with a backhander. Scoring in the game two loss was Gabriel Bourque, which was his 6th of the year, Nathan MacKinnon, which was his 40th, Gabriel Landeskog, which was his 26th and Alexander Kerfoot, which was his 20th.

The Colorado Avalanche have played very well at home this year and Jonathan Bernier has gone 14-4 with a 2.34 GAA here at the Pepsi Center, but the Preds are 25-16 on the road for the year and Pekka Rinne is now 25-9 in his career against the Avs. The Predators killed the rest of the penalty, and Rinne made a big pad save on Sven Andrighetto just after the advantage ended.

Game 2 is Saturday afternoon in Nashville. After an impressive postseason run past year, he's back to his old tricks with three points in the first two games.

Bednar was unable to provide a timetable for Girard's return. But the Preds were 11-1-2 when tied after two periods.