According to various sources, Alexander Radulov’s one-game suspension for breaking curfew is now a two-gamer.
When asked about his playing status following Friday’s optional practice, the Russian forward told reporters he wouldn’t be in Game 4 against the Phoenix Coyotes — this after missing Game 3 for breaking team rules with teammate Andrei Kostitsyn.
“They don’t want to change the lineup,” he told reporters. “As long as we’re winning, it’s fine. It’s game four, let’s focus on that.”
It also sounds as though Andrei Kostitsyn — who hasn’t said much of anything since the suspension was handed down — won’t be in the lineup either. John Glennon of The Tennessean reports head coach Barry Trotz told Radulov he’s going to stick with the lineup that won Game 3, a lineup that didn’t include RadulovorKostitsyn.
With a quote that’s sure to raise the ire of the stats crowd, here’s Jonathan Quick on his .833 save percentage to start the season:
“That’s for people that don’t know the game. Those numbers don’t mean nothing. We’re 0-2, though. That number means something, so that’s something that we’ve got to get better at.”
(That quote, per LA Kings Insider.)
Quick allowed four goals on 22 shots in his last outing, a 4-1 loss to Arizona on Friday, after which head coach Darryl Sutter said of his star goalie: “He didn’t play very well tonight, did he?”
So even if Quick doesn’t think much of statistics, he should still be extra motivated for tonight’s home game against Vancouver, assuming he gets the start.
Last season, Quick’s .918 save percentage ranked in a three-way tie for 14th out of the 29 goalies who started 40 or more games.
After making the Wild out of training camp, Tyler Graovac got some bad news on Tuesday — head coach Mike Yeo said Graovac would miss the next 2-3 weeks with a groin strain.
Graovac, 22, played just under 14 minutes in Minnesota’s crazy 5-4 comeback win over Colorado in the season-opener, but sat out Saturday’s win over St. Louis.
At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Graovac was a notable physical presence in the Wild lineup, and is an intriguing prospect — he impressed with AHL Iowa last year, scoring 21 goals and 46 points in 73 games.