Avs 3, Predators 1

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Ryan Smyth set up Colorado's first two goals in a 3-1 triumph against Nashville.

The game was scoreless in the second period until Paul Stastny and Marek Svatos put the Avalanche ahead 2-0.

Martin Gelinas cut the Avs' lead in half late in the second period, but Justin Leopold restored Colorado's two-goal edge with his first goal of the season, tallying with 9:07 remaining.

Peter Budaj stopped 31 shots and had an assist on Svatos' goal.