Radulov (undisclosed) wasn't present for warmups and won't play Friday against the Wild, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports. Radulov has been red-hot out of the gate, racking up four goals and six assists in six games. It will be the first game he misses since 2016-17, and his absence will boost Roope Hintz to the top line.
Radulov is considered a game-time decision against the Wild on Friday due to an undisclosed injury, but he's expected to miss the contest, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports. Radulov's absence would be a significant one, as the veteran winger has gotten off to a hot start with four goals and two assists through the first six contests this season. Official word may not come down the pipe until pregame warmups, but Roope Hintz is slated to skate on the top line if Radulov indeed sits out.
Radulov's five-game point streak was snapped in Tuesday's 3-0 road loss to the Devils. Keith Kinkaid -- who is New Jersey's interim starter filling in for Cory Schneider (hip) -- pitched a shutout in that game, but Radulov was only credited with one shot over a season-low 15:38 of ice time as a tough way to put an end to his hot streak. Still, as long as the Russian remains on the top line and No. 1 power-play unit with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, his offensive opportunities should remain plentiful.
Radulov extended his season-long point streak to four games and nine points with a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-3 win over Anaheim. Radulov has a goal in each of the Stars' first four games and five assists, too. The chemistry between him, Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin is very, very real. A repeat of last year's 70-plus points is certainly well within reach.
Radulov scored one goal and added two helpers -- one on the power play -- in 7-4 loss to the Maple Leafs. Radulov was dominant to extend his goal streak to three games. He tied the game in the first period by wristing a puck that deflected off a defender and fluttered past Frederik Andersen. Radulov now has three goals and seven points in three games.
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