April 16--Top-seeded Nashville wasn't too hospitable to the visiting Avalanche, beating Colorado twice in the Music City to take a 2-0 lead in their opening-round playoff series. The Avs have now lost 12 straight games to the Predators.

Colorado returns home to the Pepsi Center on Monday where it finished 28-11-2 in the regular season. And it's going to need some of that Mile High magic if it wants to avoid elimination.

History hasn't been kind to teams that have fallen behind in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There have only been four teams in NHL history to have come back from a 3-0 deficit to win the series, according to hockey-reference.com. And just 28 times from a 3-1 uphill battle. Colorado knows the pain of the latter, losing to the Oilers in '98 and the Wild in '03 after being up in the series.

Win twice and it's a whole new ballgame. Lose on Monday and the door is all but shut for the Avs' season.

-- Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post

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What's on tap?

* MLB: Rockies at Pirates, 5 p.m. Monday, ATTRM -- Pitching matchup -- Buy tickets

* NHL: Predators at Avalanche, 8 p.m. Monday, ALT/NBCSN -- Preview -- Buy tickets

TV/RADIO: Here's what sports are airing today

Scoreboard

MLB: Rockies 6, Nationals 5

Full story -- Box score

Must-Read

Rockies remain an enigma, even after taking three of four games from Nationals

Perplexing, yet resilient? Maddening, yet full of possibility? Talented but underachieving? Barely treading water? Read more...

Denver Nuggets' offseason storylines include Nikola Jokic's max contract, Will Barton's free agency

Despite finishing with a 46-36 record, Denver missed the playoffs by one game for the second consecutive season. But there's reason for optimism. Read more...

Avalanche fashionista Nikita Zadorov to celebrate his birthday in style

Not everyone agrees with his black, gold-starred Gucci shoes and no stocks, but everyone has a take on Zadorov's interesting wardrobe. Read more...

Quick Hits

+ Inside the evolution of Rockies' all-star center fielder Charlie Blackmon, the major league leadoff man no one saw coming.

+ Mark Kiszla's latest column: The Avalanche's sad playoff song: Star Nathan MacKinnon looks so lonesome he could cry.

+ Good buddies Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu are carrying the Rockies.

+ Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators: Three things to watch for in Game 3.

+ The Nashville Predators know Nathan MacKinnon is the Colorado Avalanche's only hope.

+ Nine Colorado Avalanche players make their Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in the Nashville series.

+ Will the Avalanche ever beat the Predators?

By The Numbers

12-1

LeBron James' record in playoff-opening games after the Cavs lost to the Pacers.

Parting Shot

How 10 NFL mock drafts predict the Denver Broncos will use their No. 5 pick

Quarterback? Cornerback? Tailback? Offensive line? All are in play for the Broncos' first-round selection. Read more...

Get in Touch

If you see something that's cause for question or have a comment, thought or suggestion, email me at dboniface@denverpost.com or tweet me @danielboniface.

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