Preds to meet Avs in first round of Stanley Cup playoffs

The Nashville Predators are looking to make their second straight appearance in the Stanley Cup Final as they host the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Games one and two are scheduled for Thursday and Saturday in Nashville.

The series will shift to the Pepsi Center for game three next Monday and game four next Wednesday. The Preds knocked off the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Saturday to wrap up their regular season with the best record in the NHL at 53-18-and-11.