From a handicapping perspective having Radulov and Kostitsyn not in the lineup tomorrow may actually help them defensively. Radulov has been pretty awful this series defensively and was on the ice for 3 of the Coyotes 5 on 5 goals last game.
Nashville management should be commended here. GM David Poile made the right decision. These are two guys that came in during the middle of the season to a Predators team that was already very good. Nashville didn't really NEED them desperately and they are the last guys on this team who should feel they are "above it all" on this team and be able to do whatever they want and going out until 4am the night before a playoff game is just stupid.
Bravo to GM David Poile and head coach Barry Trotz for making that decision. I expect this situation to rally the Preds a little bit tonight. Much like Kovalchuk's absence for New Jersey last night, I expect Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn's absences to make Nashville play better defensively tonight. 100% agree with Sammy's assessment there.