NHL roundup: Suspended Nashville players may not be back for next game

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Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz had said earlier this week that if his team won Game 3 against Phoenix he would keep the same lineup for Friday's Game 4, and Trotz on Thursday hinted he may stick to that plan, even though it would mean leaving forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn out of the lineup again.
Radulov leads the team in playoff scoring and Kostitsyn is fourth, but both were suspended for one game for violating a team rule.
The Predators won Game 3 without them, so Trotz must decide whether to bring them back with his team still trailing in the series 2-1.
Trotz said he would make a decision after watching game film Thursday afternoon.
"We'll make a decision as a group," Trotz told reporters. "I know it's going to be very tough if I do anything. I thought everybody was pretty committed, so I can't give you a definite decision right now because I don't have that. The guys who were in got the job done and played very hard."
Matt Halischuk and Jordin Tootoo took the place of the suspended players in Game 3, and both played on the fourth line.
Trotz said Tootoo played well in Game 3. In 10:11 of time on ice, Tootoo had a team-high five hits and also two shots.

---Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has been named captain for Team USA at the 2012 world championships, which begin Friday in Helsinki and Stockholm, USA Hockey announced Thursday.
Johnson, who was acquired by the Blue Jackets Feb. 23, will serve as team captain for the second time. He also held the honor on the 2010 world championships team.
Johnson had a combined 12 goals and 26 points in 82 games with the Blue Jackets and Los Angeles Kings this season.

---Phoenix Coyotes winger Raffi Torres will appeal his 25-game suspension for his hit to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa in Game 3 of last month's playoff, the NHLPA confirmed Thursday to ESPN.com.
Torres received the harshest league suspension since 2007 and is scheduled to miss the rest of the playoffs. The suspension will carry over to next season if it's not completed during the playoffs.
According to reports, the NHLPA is appealing the ban's length, not the suspension itself.

---Center Roman Cervenka signed a one-year, $3.78 million deal with the Calgary Flames, the team announced Wednesday.
Cervenka, 26, spent the last two seasons with Avangard Omsk of the KHL of Russia and had 54 goals and 46 assists in 105 games. He led Omsk in scoring during the 2010-11 season with 31 goals and 30 assists in 51 games playing alongside countryman Jaromir Jagr.