Avs-Predators Game 1 Grades: Encouraging process

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The Colorado Avalanche fell to the Nashville Predators 5-2 in game 1 of their playoff series. Below are the player grades.

Sven Andrighetto (D) – This line didn't accomplish a whole lot tonight. Andrighetto was not shy about taking shots when he had the chance but there just weren't many opportunities to make that happen. Going to need to pick it up.

Mark Barberio (F) – This was the kind of disaster that justifies a benching. Barberio was missed because when he's playing well he's another efficient puck-mover who gets the puck out of his zone. When he's not, he's a turnover machine who can't seem to overcome the obstacle of a poor night. Tonight, he was that second version and his turnovers were game-changing in the wrong direction.

Tyson Barrie (D) –  He appeared to take a hit in the head from Ryan Johansen and in general, was just really out of sorts. He was ineffective with the puck and was turnover prone in his own zone. He's going to need to be significantly better if the Avalanche is going to take some games in this series.

Jonathan Bernier (D) – He wasn't terrible but on a night where the Avalanche played very well for long stretches, he got thoroughly outplayed by his counterpart and that was the difference in the game. The game-winning goal was tough luck but the other three he let in were just him getting beat. The first goal against from Watson was downright poor goaltending.

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