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Not a surprise: Kostitsyn will be healthy scratch Tuesday

Mar 18, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

Sergei Kostitsyn will take a seat in the press box and think about what he did.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Nashville forward will be a healthy scratch Tuesday in Columbus — a clear punishment for pulling up on the back-check and heading to the Predators’ bench Sunday in Edmonton, with the Oilers going on to score shorthanded on a 2-on-1.

Kostitsyn, 25, admitted after the game that he made a mistake, but apparently that wasn’t enough for Nashville coach Barry Trotz, who was left understandably flummoxed.

“I can’t give you a logical explanation for an illogical event,” said Trotz.

The Preds (11-12-6), currently 11th place in the Western Conference, have lost three straight and are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008-09.

  1. thomaspratt - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Hand up anyone who thought, even fleetingly, of the simplest explanation of all for this gaffe — Russian mob.

    • sabatimus - Mar 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      More like thumbs down.

  2. imleftcoast - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    It’s pretty egregious. I don’t think for a second a pro hockey player makes that play. McKenzie should look into it. It wouldn’t hard to look at his play over the season and how much money has been bet on Nashville. McKenzie would rather just repeat what others say or post a Meeker-ism, but someone should take a look at least.

  3. 950003cups - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:02 AM


  4. 950003cups - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    While guys like Datsyuk and Kovalchuk are making a great name for the Russian NHL players, simultanusly douche bags like Kostitsyn continue to embarrass them.

    • soro17 - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      That is great and all, except for one minor thing – Kostitsyn isn’t Russian.

  5. thehighcountrybear - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    Big deal…the guy was tired! Who was managing the team on the bench? Why does Trotz always embarrass his players in such a public way. Pack your bags Barry, you gone…

    • scionofflame - Mar 19, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Sergei’s bonehead line change ended up on most every big sports news outlet to some degree or another. Barry didn’t have to do a -thing- to embarrass Sergei, he did that himself…and he almost refused to speak to the media entirely, but gave a few short quotes to Joshua Cooper of the Tennessean after rethinking it.

      Considering this stupid move came after coming off being scratched the game previously for a lack of performance and effort, of course he’s going to be scratched again. I love Sergei, but I hope he realizes that he needs to step it up.

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