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So, should Nashville sit Radulov and Kostitsyn again?

May 3, 2012, 12:12 AM EDT

Alexander Radulov, Andrei Kostitsyn AP

Barry Trotz didn’t exactly guarantee that suspended forwards Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn would sit out Game 4 just like they did tonight if the Nashville Predators won, but he made a strong implication. The Predators did indeed take Game 3 against the Phoenix Coyotes by a score of 2-0, so the speculation can begin.

Naturally, we’ll keep an eye out for what Trotz has to say about the situation, but until then let’s have some fun playing armchair head coach. Before you share your thoughts in the comments, here are a few nuggets to chew on and provide context.

  • David Legwand – Radulov’s frequent linemate – scored the game-winner and had a disallowed goal, so that might have an impact on Trotz’s decision.
  • Andrei’s brother (but not-all-that-frequent linemate) Sergei Kostitsyn collected an assist, so it’s not like he’s wallowing in sibling-less self-pity.
  • Here’s a telling fact if there ever was one: both Radulov and Kostitsyn aren’t under contract with the Predators (yet) going into the 2012-13 season, so hurting their feelings isn’t exactly an enormous concern.
  • Apparently Don Cherry critiqued the Predators for suspending the two forwards, for whatever that’s worth.

Regardless of what Trotz actually decides, what would you do? Share your thoughts in the comments.

  1. brian32556 - May 3, 2012 at 12:20 AM


  2. vshehane - May 3, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    They need to go with the guys that bought to the dance that being tonight’s group

  3. taytay099 - May 3, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Radulov has come across as a selfish player so far. Scratching him for two games might help convince him to start thinking about the team more than his ice time.

  4. letsgopreds35 - May 3, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    I see trotz going with same lines as tonight. Sergei fish and erat line play superb along with borque on the second line.

  5. ray2013 - May 3, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    It’s tough to guess without knowing Radulov at all. Is he the kind of guy that’s going to take this, learn from it and bust his @ss the rest of the series to make it up to his teammates? Or is this going to put him in a funk? If it’s the latter, you might as well keep him out. O’Brien, any insight? Is he a diva or a team-guy who did something stupid?

    Also, if you’re looking at trading his rights over the summer, you’re killing his trade value by continuing to sit him out.

  6. balewsquare - May 3, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    They looked much more like Nashville tonight…maybe there’s your answer.

  7. noisetheorem - May 3, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    This game was a thing of beauty to watch, while watching Radulov has been like watching a train wreck. Keep him on the bench, then ship him back to the KHL.

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