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Radulov, Kostitsyn aren’t guaranteed to play in Game 4

May 3, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 25: Alexander Radulov #47 of the Nashville Predators chases down the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on March 25, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Nashville Predators chose to hand Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn matching one-game suspensions for violating team rules. They served their time on Wednesday, but because Nashville was able to earn a 2-0 victory on Wednesday without them, Predators coach Barry Trotz might decide not to alter his lineup.

Trotz already expressed his reluctance on Wednesday morning to mess with a winning lineup.

“It’s a privilege to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs, to play for the Cup, and those guys took advantage of the privilege of playing,” said Trotz. “That’s a sacred part of the playoffs. It will be very hard to change a lot from that group.”

Jordan Tootoo and Matt Halischuk were the players that got a chance because of the suspensions and Tootoo in particular was impressive.

“He was really good tonight,” said Trotz. “He was on the puck hard. He was detailed in the defensive zone, he was detailed all over the ice in terms of the reloads and finding people. That’s the way I expect him to play. When he’s hard on people and detailed, he can have an impact on a game. And I thought he did today.”

Scratching Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn for Game 4 would mean keeping two of their biggest offensive weapons out of the lineup. Although Radulov he might have done more harm than good lately.

  1. challer9 - May 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Jordin Tootoo*

  2. jpelle82 - May 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    there was nothing wrong with the preds with tootoo and halischuk before the trade deadline this year, so why wouldnt you go back with what works? they brought in radulov and kostitsyn to get better but if the character issues are not outweighed by the play on the ice, its an easy decision, you go with the guys who want to win…you know…some canadian born guys like tootoo and halischuk

    • dsd3 - May 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      Being Canadian has nothing to do with it. Stop being an ignorant jerk.

      • jpelle82 - May 3, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        no nothing at all. you’re right. the russian stereotype in the nhl is completely unfounded.

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