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The Nashville Predators weren’t given much chance against the Colorado Avalanche, and those odds got worse with news that No. 1 goalie Juuse Saros would miss the first two games.

Tuesday’s first period showed why.

David Rittich, who had one previous NHL playoff appearance, got the start and was gone from the game by the 15:04 mark after giving up five goals on 13 shots.

Not all were his fault, though, as the top-seeded and finally healthy Avalanche flew through the Predators defenders. He probably could have been positioned better on Devon Toews’ goal that made it 2-0, but Nashville made an egregious giveaway on an Andrew Cogliano shorthanded goal.



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