Where is he going to play?
Radulov is expected to play on a line with center David Legwand and the Predators' leading scorer, Patric Hornqvist.
"We're not going to put him at risk," Trotz said of monitoring Radulov's playing time. "When he's getting real tired obviously we'll pull him back. We'll just have dialogue, Rad just said, 'Let's talk on the bench.' He said, 'You'll see when I'm dying out,' and we'll know."
On paper, it's a smart move by Barry Trotz. Put Radulov on a line with a veteran centerman and your top goal scorer. Also, Radulov played with Legwand when he was with the Predators the first time around. Originally, I thought Nashville would start him out on a lower unit, then move him up. But with nine games left, it seems like the Predators want him to play early and often.
If Alex Radulov scores a goal and Sidney Crosby has multiple points tonight, will the hype machine simply asplode?
- Nashville Predators