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Discuss: Mike Smith shuts out Nashville minus Radulov, Kostitsyn

May 4, 2012, 10:14 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 4: David Legwand #11 of the Nashville Predators battles against Michal Rozsival #32 of the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 4, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

After Nashville suffered a 1-0 loss in Game 4, you have to wonder if Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn would have made a difference. They’re two of the Predators most gifted players offensively, but Radulov in particular has been less than stellar in the second round. It’s entirely possible that Radulov might have ended up making a defensive mistake that would have increased the Coyotes’ lead.

It’s easy to second guess Predators coach Barry Trotz after the fact, but going into the match, there were plenty of knowledgeable people supporting his decision to stick with the lineup that won Game 3. Still, you have to wonder what might have been, especially given how devastating a loss this is for the Predators.

  • The Coyotes are 3-0 in 2012 playoffs games where Shane Doan scores a goal.
  • Nashville is now 0-4 when trailing after two periods in this postseason run.
  • Jordin Tootoo and Matt Halischuk, the two forwards that replaced Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn, were two of just three Predators players to finish the game with less than 10 minutes of playing time.
  • The Nashville Predators thought they had a goal during the penalty to Phoenix’s Derek Morris. However, the goal was called off, because the whistle had already been blown.
  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 4, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    So is a line-up change coming or should the Preds punish the Russians some more?

  2. chad615 - May 4, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Trotz is a dumbass take your two best offensive players and bench them for two 4th liners. Bye bye trotz no wonder we haven’t made it past the second round with stupid moves like that

    • predswilrule - May 5, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      im 100% with trotz on the move. we played poor defensively in games 1 and 2. we were dynamite in game 3 w/o them. why would you change the lineup after your best playoff game to date. they werent being punished anymore. he played the players that had played a great game. i was there and toots and hustlechuck didnt lose that game.the entire tream was bad, lethargic,. we were out hustled, outhit, outmuscled, and the slower team. you always hear your best players have to be your best players. aside from rinne that wasnt the case. suter was awful and weber wasnt much better. i guess you can make the case rads and ak may have scored, but its just as possible ( given their defensive effort in games 1 and 2) we give up multiple more goals. trotz was right and right isnt changed based on a win or loss.

  3. dawglb - May 5, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Mike Smith is having a Bernie Parent-like playoff ….. One man is carrying many on his back.

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