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.
"He was on the puck, he was tenacious, he was physical but very disciplined," Trotz said. "He was good on the walls, he was good defensively."
Trotz said it's possible just one of the suspended players will play on Friday, although he did specify which one.
Radulov said he would not ask Trotz to put him back in the lineup.
"I don't think it's right to go and ask," Radulov told NHL.com. "Guys played well (in Game 3). I mean, I want to play, but it's not like I would go and ask for it. Whatever happens tomorrow happens. We just have to make sure we're ready for the game."