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Poll: Nashville won’t play Radulov and Kostitsyn in Game 4 — right or wrong move?

May 4, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

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Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz has confirmed his Game 4 lineup will go unchanged from Game 3, meaning Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn will sit for the second straight playoff contest.

In speaking with reporters, Trotz made it clear the punishment for Radulov and Kostitsyn is over and this was a hockey decision above all else.

So, do you agree with the “hockey decision”?

Some things to consider:

– Radulov is Nashville’s leading playoff scorer. Kostitsyn is tied for the team lead in goals.

Jordin Tootoo and Matt Halischuk drew in for Radulov and Kostitsyn and played well in Game 3. Tootoo led all skaters with five hits and Halischuk had two takeaways, a hit and a blocked shot.

– Nashville’s power play, tops in the NHL during the regular season, is 5-for-34 in the playoffs.

– What will it take for Radulov and Kostitsyn to get back in the lineup?

Onto the poll…

  1. kcprof926 - May 4, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    One loss that is what it will take. However the Preds are going back to who they are and that will be enough to win the next three from the Yotes.

  2. reachers87 - May 4, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Agree 100% with leaving them out. The NHL playoffs need more than the basic commitment those idiots were giving. Mike Fisher probably wants to kick their ass himself.

  3. underwoodsbeard - May 4, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Fisher hasn’t set the world on fire himself. Had a good Game 2 though.

    Like my main man Shea Weber said, If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!

  4. predswilrule - May 4, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    wholeheartedly agree. play the same lineup that not only played the game you wanted, but won as well. they are no longer suspended, just benched for players that played within the system and bought in. adjustments will be made for game 5 and they may or may not be needed then.

  5. travishenryskid - May 4, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Send them back to Russia. They don’t want to be here. Lifting the cup doesn’t have the same meaning for many Russian players as it does for ALL North American players. It obviously doesn’t mean a great deal to those two.

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 4, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Dumb move. This is the playoffs, this is when you want your best team on the ice.

    • predswilrule - May 4, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      since you used the word team i think you can make the arguement we did in game 3. as herb said…. im not looking for the best players, im looking for the right players.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 4, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        You could make that argument but, as Mike noted, these two guys have been good for the Preds during the playoffs. Trotz is sending them a pretty strong message here but it doesn’t seem like the right time to be doing that. If I’m him I want those two guys in the lineup in a crucial game.

  7. hagigun - May 4, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    The best teams I have ever played on growing up weren’t always the most talented. It was the guys that got along well. We all knew we were working hard and actually cared about each other. I had teams with guys who had individual goals and egos and the team suffered because of it.

    Obviously these guys don’t care about the rest of the team or the goals that some of these guys want to achieve. Some of these Nashville players have spent their whole careers, heck lives, dreaming of making a Cup run…these 2 guys make a Bar run?

    I have Rads on my Playoff fantasy roster and need him to play, yet this is the best decision for the team….and for Trotz. You can’t win, switch the lineup and lose and still save face with fans or the media. This covers his back…don’t think that isn’t a factor.

  8. ray2013 - May 4, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    They made a big effort to get Radulov back for the playoffs, so you might as well see how he responds to the suspension. I watched their last game and Tootoo played an amazing game. I’m not sure how you take him out. If I were to make the decision, I would try play Tootoo and Radulov. Then people stop focusing on the media circus around the suspensions.

  9. t16rich - May 4, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Read the stat line provided on Tootoo and Halischuk, and tell me why you wouldn’t play them in game 4. Those are the stats and things needed in order to win playoff games. Hard work kicks the crap out of skill when skill dosnt want to work hard. So anyone using Radulovs skill for a reason he should play, must be new to the NHL playoffs. He needs one more game to really get the message. Trotz is a gritty coach so this is a good call.

  10. taylorgang24 - May 4, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    If ur sitting two of ur best then ur either dumb or you never should have signed those players originally. That being said, these guys should learn their lesson because this is a pretty rare move. Refreshing to see the coach have more power than the player.

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