The Avalanche didn’t get the bounces Friday in a 4-2 loss to the Nashville Predators at the Pepsi Center.
The notebook leads with Tyson Barrie extending his points streak to nine games.
- Colton Sissons. Predators winger had two goals on four shots in 18:47.
- Juuse Saros. Nashville’s backup goalie made 33 saves.
- Gabe Landeskog. Avs’ captain had a goal and four shots in 23:12, tops among forwards.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
After the game, Avs coach Jared Bednar said defenseman Erik Johnson (shoulder) and goalie Jonathan Bernier (head) could return to the lineup next week, as early as Tuesday when the last 10-game stretch begins at Chicago.
Sunday against the visiting Detroit Red Wings, 1 p.m.
Losers. The Avs (84 points) and Calgary (80) were the playoff-contending losers Friday. Dallas (84) got an overtime point at Ottawa, Minnesota (87) won at Vegas, San Jose (87) beat Calgary and Anaheim (84) downed Detroit. Colorado remains No. 7 in the playoff chase because it has a game in hand over the Stars, Ducks and Flames.
Tired. The Avs dropped to 3-7 in the second game of a back-to-back stretch. They are 5-3-2 in opening a consecutive-night sequence.
Powerful Preds. There’s no shame in losing to Nashville, which became the first NHL to clinch a playoff berth Friday. The Preds have points in 14 consecutive games (13-0-1) — matching the longest point streak in franchise history — and points in 14 straight road games (11-0-3), a new club record.
Hart Trophy candidate. Nathan MacKinnon showed off his big one-time slap shot by scoring Colorado’s first goal, extending his points streak to 11 games. That’s the longest points streak by an Avs player since MacKinnon had a 13-game streak as a rookie in 2013-14. MacKinnon continues to lead the NHL in points-per-game (1.36) and pace the league in scoring at home with 60 points (24 goals) — the most by an Avalanche player on home ice since Joe Sakic had 67 in 2000-01.
Future all-star. Second-year Avs winger Mikko Rantanen had an assist to extend his points streak to five games, and he has five points in his last two games and an NHL-most 16 points (five goals) in March.