By Joshua Cooper
Rostislav Klesla's one-game suspension means Dave Schlemko will enter the lineup for the Phoenix Coyotes. Schlemko played Game 2 and was a minus-1 in that game. Klesla was suspended for boarding Predators forward Matt Halischuk
in Game 4.
"It's an opportunity for Schlemko to come back in. Obviously, we're disappointed with that, but our focus is on what we have to do tonight to get a win," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "It's unfortunate. We weren't expecting that, but there's nothing you can do about it."
The Nashville Predators will re-insert Alexander Radulov into their lineup. The forward was suspended for Game 3 by the team for a violation of team rules. For Game 4, the Predators held him out. The same was done with Andrei Kostitsyn. In talking to Radulov the morning before Game 5, he sounded more than ready for his opportunity.
"I have something to prove, not to you guys or to somebody, first of all it's to myself and that's about it," Radulov said.
The Phoenix Coyotes will look to make the Western Conference Final for the first time in team history. This could also be the first time since the team moved to Arizona that it can close a series at home. Phoenix has never done so in this state. "Anytime you give up a game at home it hurts. We've got to find a way to take care of business," forward Shane Doan said. "We've talked about how this has to be our best game of the series."Prospective lineups:
Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher - Martin Erat
Gabriel Bourque - David Legwand - Patric Hornqvist
Andrei Kostitsyn - Nick Spaling - Alexander Radulov
Sergei Kostitsyn - Paul Gaustad - Brandon Yip
Ryan Suter - Shea Weber
Roman Josi - Hal Gill
Francis Bouillon - Kevin Klein
Ray Whitney - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata
Mikkel Boedker - Antoine Vermette - Shane Doan
Taylor Pyatt - Boyd Gordon - Marc-Antoine Pouliot
Kyle Chipchura - Daymond Langkow - Gilbert Brule
Derek Morris - Keith Yandle
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - David Schlemko
Michal Rozsival - Adrian Aucoin
Josh Cooper reports for The Tennessean. Follow him @joshuacooper.
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