from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, I expect a much better effort from the Preds on Wednesday night. They deviated from their game in Phoenix. Perhaps because most people picked them to win the series, I feel like the Preds tried to put on a show in Phoenix instead of playing Predators hockey, which is a defense-first philosophy.
By benching Radulov and Kostitsyn, two late-season additions, it allows the Preds to go back to almost their original lineup. And that can be a good thing when you’re trying to re-establish your team identity.
“The guys that are out tonight, Andrei and Rad, they weren’t with us for 65 games or so,” said Trotz. “The guys who are going in have been together. A Craig Smith has been on the power play. We’ve had different people do that. They are going to be put in roles. They did it for 65 games. They’re going to be fine tonight,” Trotz said.
The Coyotes, of course, know what’s coming at them. It’s not rocket science. The Preds are down 2-0, they...