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Report: Preds won’t play Radulov in Game 4

May 4, 2012, 11:28 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

According to various sources, Alexander Radulov‘s one-game suspension for breaking curfew is now a two-gamer.

When asked about his playing status following Friday’s optional practice, the Russian forward told reporters he wouldn’t be in Game 4 against the Phoenix Coyotes — this after missing Game 3 for breaking team rules with teammate Andrei Kostitsyn.

“They don’t want to change the lineup,” he told reporters. “As long as we’re winning, it’s fine. It’s game four, let’s focus on that.”

It also sounds as though Andrei Kostitsyn — who hasn’t said much of anything since the suspension was handed down — won’t be in the lineup either. John Glennon of The Tennessean reports head coach Barry Trotz told Radulov he’s going to stick with the lineup that won Game 3, a lineup that didn’t include RadulovorKostitsyn.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 4, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Sure, they won one game without two of their best players. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t put the best team possible on the ice. Why they’re pushing their luck is beyond me.

    • themohel - May 4, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      Did you see how Radulov actually played in Game 2? He was terrible – he looks like he doesn’t care at all. That may have a little to do with it, no?

    • howiehandles - May 4, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      Neither of those guys are what I would consider true Preds. They both were head cases, both brought onto the team late, and evidently don’t buy into what the Preds are about.

      Good for Trotz that he’s telling his team, ‘f those guys. we did it before they got here, and we’ll do it without them.’

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 4, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    @themohel: he’s still one of their best players. You don’t bench one of your best players in the playoffs because of one bad game.

  3. letsgopreds35 - May 4, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    technically he’s not suspended for 2 games…. just coaches decision not to play 2nd game. I think trotz has made a good decision. if we win tonight I say both rads and Andrei will be back and ready to play the best they can. especially rads to prove Keith jones wrong about all he said and show him up

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