David Zalubowski, The Associated Press
NHL math doesn’t add up when it comes to the league’s standings, but the Nashville Predators nonetheless extended their winning streak to nine games over the Avalanche with Sunday’s 4-3 overtime triumph at the Pepsi Center. For the Preds, it’s a win in the win column. For the Avs, it goes down as a tie.
Nashville, which sits atop the Western Conference with 93 points, has now won five consecutive games in Denver, but for the Avs, they are 0-4-1 during that stretch.
Colorado (76 points) hasn’t defeated the Preds since late in the 2015-16 season, with Nashville outscoring the Avs 38-20 in that stretch. The Avs lost at Nashville by 4-1 and 5-2 scores on Oct. 17 and Nov. 18, respectively. They host the Preds for the fourth and final meeting of the regular-season series March 16.
Sunday’s win was Nashville’s eighth consecutive, tying a club record.
Another concussion. Avs forward Colin Wilson missed the game with the head injury he sustained in Friday’s 7-1 victory over Minnesota. He is going through concussion protocol and is doubtful to travel with the team Monday when it embarks on a two-game trip.
Wilson had previously missed 13 games to three ailments (hip, lower-body, illness) and is the third Avs player to sustain a head injury within the last month. Goalies Jonathan Bernier and Andrew Hammond also have been out with head injuries, although Bernier is expected to come off injured reserve Monday and travel with the team to Chicago. Bernier has missed the last eight games.
Footnotes. Defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who had the Avs’ first goal, has three points (two goals) in his last four games. … Center Carl Soderberg has four points (two goals) in his last three outings. … Wilson is one of four Avs to have been drafted by Nashville. The others are forwards Gabriel Bourque and Vladislav Kamenev and defenseman Sam Girard. Kamenev and Girard were acquired from the Preds in the three-team Matt Duchene trade Nov. 5. … Referee Brad Watson of Highlands Ranch worked the game. Watson, 56, is the NHL’s oldest ref who recently signed up to work next season.