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Predators' Radulov, Kostitsyn will be benched for Game 4

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Nashville's Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn, who were suspended for Game 3 of the NHL Western Conference semifinals series, will not play for the Predators in Friday's Game 4, either.

Coach Barry Trotz said the pair will again sit against the Phoenix Coyotes at Bridgestone Arena.

"The decision for me was pretty simple," Trotz told The Tennessean. "The group that went in there was very committed and got the job done, plain and simple."

Radulov added: "The guys played well, so I think they made the right decision to stick up for the. It's a hard situation, but I've been in that situation when I'm not playing. As long as we're winning it's fine."

The Predators won 2-0 in Game 3 and trail the Coyotes 2-1 in the series. Radulov and Kostitsyn were suspended for violating team rules.
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