Radulov, Andrei Kostitsyn Out Of The Lineup For Game 4
Friday, 05.04.2012 / 10:32 AM
By Jay Levin - Nashville Predators / 2012 Playoff Blog -- Conference Semifinals vs. Phoenix
Andrei Kostitsyn, Brian McGrattan, Alexander Radulov and Craig Smith all took extended practice during morning skate today, usually a sign that a skater is not projected to be in the lineup for the game.
After Radulov came off the ice, he said that he will not be in the lineup tonight. Radulov indicated that, while he wants to be on the ice helping the team during games, he had no issues with the decision by Coach Trotz and staff and run with the same players who got the win in Game 3. Radulov stated he just wanted to continue to prepare hard, stay focused in practices, and remain ready for whenever his next opportunity comes.
Coach Trotz confirmed in his press conference that he will dress the same lineup tonight as he used in Game 3. At the same time, Trotz praised Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn specifically for the way they've handled the decision and the focus they've brought to practice.
Trotz said that none of the forwards in the lineup Game 3 for the Preds gave him a reason to pull anyone back out of the lineup, but that Radulov and Kostitsyn would both be ready to play if any of the forwards struggled tonight.