|Tonight's game was a great advertisement for NCAA hockey as 12 of the 36 skaters in the lineup played the college game; a 13th college product, Colorado defenseman Matt Hunwick, was a scratch tonight. Five of the 12 had a NCAA Title to his resume and a sixth was a former Hobey Baker Award winner.
Colin Wilson (Boston U.) scored a highlight-reel goal in the third period (watch here) to help the Preds seal the win, while opposing two of his former BU Terrier teammates (Colorado defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and forward Brandon Yip). The trio won the NCAA title in 2009.
Ryan Suter (U. of Wisconsin) made the jump from college to Nashville's top defense pairing. Fellow 2010 U.S. Olympian Paul Stastny, parlayed a career at University of Denver into a staring role in the NHL.
Preds rookie center Chris Mueller made a name for himself during Michigan State's '07 NCAA Title run and is now making the best of his chances at the pro level -- first turning heads for Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL and now contributing regularly in the Nashville line-up.
The other NCAA products in tonight's game were David Jones (Dartmouth), John-Michael Liles (Michigan St), Ryan O'Bryne (Cornell), Kevin Porter (U. of Michigan), Ryan Stoa (U. of Minnesota), Daniel Winnik (U of New Hampshire).
--Jay Levin, NashvillePredators.com
NOTES: This was Colorado's first meeting with Nashville this season, leaving Anaheim as the only Western Conference foe the team has yet to face. ... Predators F Marek Svatos missed the game with a lower-body injury. Svatos was a seventh-round pick in 2001 by Colorado. ... Predators F Patric Hornqvist finished with two assists. ... D Kyle Cumiskey was back against Nashville after sitting out with a concussion since Oct. 30. He logged 19 minutes of ice time and had two shots on goal. ... Halischuk scored his second career goal. His other one came against Washington on Nov. 14, 2009. ... It was a difficult day for the Avs as Fleischmann, one of their top scorers, was diagnosed with two blood clots, one in each of his lungs. He complained of shortness of breath following the morning skate. The team said the 26-year-old left wing will be on blood thinners for several months and will be held out of action. He should be able to resume his career following treatment.