Nashville Predators winger Alexander Radulov, who was suspended for Game 3 of the NHL Western Conference semifinals series, reportedly will not play in Friday's Game 4, either.
Radulov said he was told by coach Barry Trotz he will again sit against the Phoenix Coyotes at Bridgestone Arena, according to The Tennessean and the Canadian Sun newspapers.
"They don't want to change the lineup," he said at Friday's morning skate. "As long as we're winning, it's fine. It's Game 4, let's focus on that."
The Predators won 2-0 in Game 3 and trail the Coyotes 2-1 in the series. Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn were suspended for that game for violating team rules. It was unknown if Kostitsyn will play Friday.
Radulov, a two-time MVP in the Soviet Kontinental Hockey League, joined the Predators last month.