Erat, Ellis lead Predators over Avalanche

Martin Erat joined Ryan Ellis with a goal and an 1, and-home series Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center.

Nick Spaling and Patric Hornqvist also tallied for Nashville, which raced out to a 3-0 lead in the game's first 15:05. Pekka Rinne made 32 saves for the Predators, who won their sixth in a row over the Avalanche. They are 5-1-0 in their last six games overall.

Semyon Varlamov allowed four goals on 26 shots for Colorado, which has dropped two straight on the heels of a four-game winning streak.