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Nashville could be shaking up its lineup for Game 3

May 1, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

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Things couldn’t have gone any more poorly for the Nashville Predators in the first two games of their series with Phoenix. They’re back at home and down 2-0 with a desperate need to defend home ice.

Predators coach Barry Trotz tells John Glennon of The Tennessean there could be some changes to the lineup on the way tonight and you can’t really fault him if there are.

“Our best players have to be our best players. I’d say so far that’s not the case,” he said. “We’re getting beat with a little of our own formula — some good goaltending, a healthy dose of team defense and a healthy dose of work ethic. We’ve got to get back to our identity a little bit.”

Trotz says he’s not sure yet if he’ll make changes for tonight’s game but admits, “There’s a lot of guys you could flip out” of the lineup. With guys like Alexander Radulov and Kevin Klein having miserable performances through the first couple games, they seem like the top choices to sit out should Trotz look to make a move.

Whatever the decision is, it’s got to be right as Nashville is in a must-win situation.

  1. t16rich - May 1, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    When you have a guy sitting in the press box talking about how much it hurts not to play, and a guy on your bench who just dosnt want to play, you should switch it up. I would replace the heartless, me first attitude of Radulov, with the team first and gritty mentality of Tootoo. Tootoo is a Pred and he wants them to succeed. Radulov is a KHLer who is here for a summer of paydays from the NHL. I’m glad Radulov is backfiring on the Preds, selfish hockey play on and off the ice. I am by no means Tootoos biggest fan, but I guarantee he will put forth an effort that puts Radulov to shame. Working hard is what wins games. Skill aint nothing but the stain in my undies if the guys with skill dont work hard.

    • gekkoguy82 - May 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      Well said. You can tell from Radulov’s goal celebrations who he is playing for.

      • gekkoguy82 - May 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM

        *past goal celebrations (KHL, etc.). None this series, obviously.

  2. dipthatchip - May 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    I was definitely jealous of Nashville getting Radulov after watching his KHL highlights, but damn he hasn’t shown up.

    Never heard JR and Jones rip into someone as hard as the other night, haha

    • mb65dod - May 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      He probably wants to play for Russia in the World Championship and early elimination of preds would enable that.

  3. barkar942 - May 1, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    He is just pissed cause Trotz won’t let him hold his own stick on the bench!

  4. vshehane - May 1, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Rads is not the heart of the team and they faired quite nicely without him. If he does great, fine but if not the the rest of the team is very capable. I would much rather see Toots in there.

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