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DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche cant squander any more points if the hope to return to the post-season. Deion Sanders Jersey . Semyon Varlamov was the reason they picked up two against Nashville.Varlamov made 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and Colorado beat the Predators 3-0 on Friday night.Jarome Iginla, Maxime Talbot, and Gabriel Landeskog had goals for the Avalanche, who earned an important win in their pursuit of a playoff berth.Colorado is trying to stay in the thick of the race after a slow start to the season. The Avalanche are two points behind Calgary for the second wild-card position in the Western Conference but they have played one more game than the Flames.Every game right now is important, every point, Varlamov said after his 17th career shutout. Lots of teams battling for the playoffs. We have to be ready every night.Colorado improved to 8-3-3 in its last 14 games and has moved into fifth place in the Central Division. The Avalanche earned three of a possible four points against the division-leading Predators.Were focusing on the next game, Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. Thats all.Nashvilles Marek Mazanec made 25 saves in his first start of the season.The Avalanche didnt capitalize on an early power play but scored 26 seconds after Nashville returned to full strength.OReilly put a shot on goal from the half boards, and Nathan MacKinnon tried to stuff it past Mazanec. The puck leaked through to the front of the crease where Talbot flipped it into the open net at 13:49 of the first.It was Talbots fourth goal of the season.Nashville had two good scoring chances in the second period. Gabriel Bourque had a breakaway, but the puck slipped off his stick before he could get off a shot.Later in the period, rookie Filip Forsberg went in alone on Varlamov, but the goalie made the save to keep Colorado in the lead.We had a couple of chances, especially in the second period when we could have gotten it to 1-1, Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. Filip hit a crossbar, and Bourque made a good move, but the puck just slipped off his stick. Maybe its a different game at that point.Iginla scored an insurance goal at 5:54 of the third.Colorado again couldnt convert on a power play, but just 6 seconds after it expired, Matt Duchene fed Iginla from behind the net. His one-timer beat Mazanec.I got a great pass from Dutch and a screen right in front from (Cody McLeod), Iginla said. I dont think the goalie saw it.Iginla has 60 points in 55 career games against the Predators.I guess against some teams you seem to get a few better bounces and have a bit more success, he said. Fortunately tonight it went in.Varlamov took care of the rest. It was his second shutout of the month, but this one came with less of an effort. He faced 54 shots in blanking Chicago on Jan. 6.Defensively, I thought we were sharp, Roy said. Its nice to give Varly a performance like this. Im not saying it was an easy shutout, but its nice for him to have an easier game where we dont give up that many shots and not many scoring chances. I hope were going to do that all the time from now on.The Predators pulled Mazanec for an extra skater with 2:15 left, and Landeskog scored a minute later to seal the victory.NOTES: MacKinnon had two assists. ... Iginlas goal was the 1,200th point of his career. ... Predators C Mike Ribero was ejected at 6:33 of the third. ... The Avalanche recalled D Stefan Elliott after D Erik Johnson had right knee surgery that will sideline him for 3-to-8 weeks. ... Nashville G Pekka Rinne is expected to miss up to three weeks because of a sprained knee. 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First, though, every player participating in NFL training camps this year will provide a blood sample and information about "height, weight, age, and race/ethnicity" for a "population study" to determine what level of HGH will result in penalties, the union wrote. The NFLPAs letter says that if more than 5 per cent of all training camp samples are above that threshold, players who fail will have "reasonable cause" testing during the next two seasons -- meaning theyll be subject to additional testing. A player testing positive again during the 2013-14 or 2014-15 seasons will get an eight-game suspension. A player without another positive result in that time will be removed from the extra testing program. Tuesdays email to players indicates the union has signed off on various aspects of the HGH program and says owners and players "will likely finalize soon" the in-season weekly testing. But the memo does not make clear what exactly the NFL has agreed to at this point or give specifics about what stands in the way of a final accord. No date has been set for the start of testing, because there are still issues that need to be negotiated between the NFL and union, includding whether the commissioner or a neutral arbitrator will handle certain types of appeals of discipline. Joe Looney Jersey. League spokesman Brian McCarthy declined to comment on any specifics in the NFLPA memo, writing in an email to the AP: "We do not have yet a comprehensive agreement for HGH testing." The league and the union originally paved the way for testing in the 10-year collective bargaining agreement they signed in August 2011, but two complete NFL seasons have come and gone -- and a third is right around the corner -- without a single HGH test being administered on a player. During the two years since, the sides have haggled over various elements, including details of the appeals process and the unions insistence on a population study to determine what is a naturally occurring amount of HGH in NFL players. HGH is a banned performance-enhancing drug that is hard to detect and has been linked to health problems such as diabetes, cardiac dysfunction and arthritis. In January, shortly before the Super Bowl, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, a California Republican, and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland wrote NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith to chastise the union for standing in the way of HGH testing and to warn that lawmakers could ask players to testify on Capitol Hill. Late last year, that House committee held a hearing at which medical experts testified that HGH testing is reliable and that the unions request for a population study was unnecessary. 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