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Radulov to play tonight in Pittsburgh

Radulov Poile

Alexander Radulov will make his long-awaited return to the Nashville lineup tonight in Pittsburgh, according to multiple reports.

You know the story by now -- Radulov had 26 goals and 32 assists with the Preds in 2007-08, after which he bolted to the KHL where he’s starred the past four seasons. But now he’s back in the NHL, and on a team that appears to be a contender for the Stanley Cup.

The 25-year-old Russian skated with center David Legwand and winger Patric Hornqvist during yesterday’s practice.

Nashville’s coming off a 6-3 home loss to the Oilers on Tuesday – a loss that coach Barry Trotz refused to pin on the hubbub surrounding Radulov’s return.

The Penguins, meanwhile, have a few players worth watching as well.