NASHVILLE, Tenn. Joel Wards unassisted goal in the second period helped the Nashville Predators hold off Colorado 4-2 Saturday night and send the Avalanche to their eighth consecutive loss and 18th defeat in 19 games.
Shea Weber and Matt Halischuk also scored, and Martin Erat had an empty-net goal and an assist.
Pekka Rinne stopped 36 shots for the Predators, who won their second in a row. They remain ninth in the Western Conference, a point behind four teams tied at 81 points.
Ryan OReilly and Daniel Winnik each scored for Colorado, which was without top scorer Paul Stastny (back) and Milan Hejduk (shoulder). Both players were injured Friday in a 6-2 loss to Anaheim.
The Avalanche are 1-16-2 in their last 19 games.
Nashville won its fourth in a row over the Avalanche, including three this season by a combined score of 14-6.