NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Nashville Predators got along without two of their leaders in points in Game 3 and so they will attempt to do it again in Game 4 when the puck drops Friday night at Bridgestone Arena.
The Preds stand a win away from tying their Western Conference semifinal series with Phoenix at two games apiece. They trailed 2-0 when the team suspended wings Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn for a violation of team rules. Coach Barry Trotz has since said it was for staying out too late breaking curfew, in essence. Radulovs six points still lead the Preds in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Kostitsyn's four are tied for fourth on the team.
Trotz said that while the suspension is over, he has made a hockey decision to maintain the same lineup with which his team played so well in its 2-0 win on Wednesday. Matt Halischuk and Jordin Tootoo took the place of the suspended players and skated on the fourth line; Radulov has played on the second line and Kostitsyn on the third.