Predators vs. Avalanche Game 1: Full highlights, final score and more

Predators unveil new catfish tank

The Predators are seventh in goals scored per game (3.2), second in goals allowed (2.5), 12th on the power play (21.2 pct.) and sixth on the penalty kill (81.9). The series features a team that won 53 games during the regular season and Colorado, which had to win its regular-season finale to squeak into the postseason ahead of St. Louis. Colorado is 1-4 in its last five games against teams with a winning record.

There's zero question that the Predators win the battle when it comes to which team has the deeper lineup, featuring six players with 50 or more points in the regular season and boasting a top-six that serves as one of the deadliest in the league. This could be good for the Predators, as they will be much sharper for a ridiculously tough second-round matchup (whether it be Winnipeg or Minnesota).

The Predators haven't announced the starting goaltender yet, but it will likely be Pekka Rinne, a favorite for the Vezina Trophy. Colorado has lost all four meetings against Nashville this season. There was a single spot he could stick it to get it in, and it was right on the money to tie the game at one. Even with the constant stream to the penalty box, it hasn't been all bad. Colorado's powerplay is eighth-best in the National Hockey League, notching 65 goals in 296 attempts. "Getting a crash course in learning to play under pressure in must-win games, that's what they've gone through". Perhaps Nashville wasn't expecting them too either.

In game one of their opening round Stanley Cup series, Nashville knew that Colorado was fast and talented, but as all teams try to do against Nashville, a quick start and a quick strike is what they aim for. Think of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2006-07, or the Toronto Maple Leafs last season - both young clubs that didn't necessarily go far, but have since come into their own. The Predators are constantly attacking opponents in their own zone and it's never a matter of which line is on the ice. And that could play a huge factor in determining how this series swings.

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar may also find it increasingly hard to get the right matchup when putting out his top line.

Henry said a collection of fans came up with the idea for the catfish tank.

Effective pairing. Nashville's top defensive pairing of Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis was plus-8, with each player plus-4.

It has to be a bit of a demoralizing loss for the eighth-seeded Avs that looked like the experienced playoff team early on with crisp passes and a dogged forecheck while the Predators' rhythm seemed off, highlighted by missed chances and way too many turnovers.

But Nashville quickly responded.

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In the second, Rinne got help from Matt Irwin clearing J.T. Compher's shot, and the Predators tied it up at 1 on a wrister from Watson that squeezed over Bernier's left shoulder and the post at 3:14.

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