It is official, Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn have been suspended for Game 3 of the Predators series against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Predators, who are currently down 2-0 in the series, have to play without the help of two of their important late-season additions.
According to John Shannon of Sportsnet, both players were spotted in downtown Scottsdale at 4 a.m. the morning of Game 2, although news is just starting to come out on the suspensions.
In GM David Poile's release he focused on the importance of rules and putting the team before individual players. Poile stated:
"It's disappointing any time a player has to miss a game because of violating a team rule, and it's even more significant at playoff time, but the decision between the coach and myself was very easy. We have to do the right thing. Their actions spoke volumes in terms of their lack of commitment and focus to give our a club a chance to win."
It was also announced today that the Preds have recalled five players from their AHL affiliate including two defensemen (Jonathon Blum and Victor Bartley), two forwards (Chris Mueller and Kyle Wilson) and goaltender Jeremy Smith.
Maybe with some fresh blood in the mix for Game 3 the Preds will be able to get some flow against the Coyotes.
All this news just leaves more questions that will be answered on Wednesday night.
Will these Game 3 suspensions ignite the Preds to play harder and come out with a win? Will AHL players get playing time? Who will step up in Radulov and Kostitsyn's absence? Do you think David Poile and Barry Trotz made the right decision?