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(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche return home looking to cool off the scorching Nashville Predators, who bring the NHL's best record into the Pepsi Center this evening for a key intraconference showdown.

The Predators have been nearly unbeatable during the month of January, having won 10 of their last 11 games since a New Year's Day defeat to the Avalanche in the Music City. Nashville carries a four-game win streak into tonight's tilt and comes in off Saturday's 6-3 road triumph at St. Louis.

Steve Sullivan and Martin Erat each had two goals as the Predators won for a 14th consecutive time over the Blues. Jason Arnott added a goal and an assist, while Paul Kariya, David Legwand and Ryan Suter each finished with a pair of helpers in the victory.

Sullivan also had an assist and has notched a point in seven straight games, having compiled three goals and six assists during that stretch.

The Predators will be playing the third test of a four-game road trip which began with Friday's 3-1 victory at Chicago. Nashville is an impressive 18-9-0 as the visitor and has already matched a franchise record for road wins in a single season.

Colorado has dropped its first two contests following the All-Star break, including a 3-1 setback Sunday at Detroit. The Avs were outshot by a whopping 41-12 margin on the afternoon.

Paul Stastny had the lone goal for Colorado, which received a strong outing from goaltender Jose Theodore in a losing cause. The former Hart and Vezina Trophy winner recorded 38 saves to keep the Avalanche close.

The Avalanche did receive some bad news on Monday, when it was learned that veteran defenseman Patrice Brisebois will need season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back. The 36-year-old has not played since December 27 because of the injury.

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