Per the NHL, Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will not be suspended for his hit on Dan Hamhuis in yesterday’s playoff game. Here is what NHL VP of Hockey Operations had to say about the decision:
“I have made the decision that this play does not warrant supplemental
discipline after considering all of the facts, including reviewing the
video and speaking with Mr. Hossa,” said Campbell. “This play is
distinguishable from recent incidents by a number of factors, including
the degree of contact involved; the fact that the consequences of the
play do not appear to be as severe; that this was a hockey play
involving a race for the puck; that Mr. Hossa is not a repeat offender;
and that the call of a major penalty by the referee was significant and
Translation: The play was not as severe as the similar hit by Alex Ovechkin on Brian Campbell, as it wasn’t as violent a shove, Hamhuis was not injured while Campbell was, the puck was in the direct vicinity and Hossa didn’t have the suspension history that Ovechkin does.
So yeah, not surprised by this decision at all. Campbell also didn’t mention that Ovechkin’s hit was in the regular season while Hossa’s less-severe hit was in the playoffs. That’s a factor as well.
Taylor Hall is sick and reportedly “doubtful” for tonight’s game in Dallas.
Hall did not skate with the Oilers this morning. If he can’t play, Edmonton’s top two lines against the Stars could feature Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot, followed by Connor McDavid centering Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov.
The Oilers — forced to start the season without top-six winger Jordan Eberle — have scored just once in their first two games, losing 3-1 in St. Louis and 2-0 in Nashville.
Edmonton returns home after tonight’s contest to play St. Louis on Thursday. Then it’s back out on the road for games against Calgary and Vancouver.
Buffalo has put blueliner Matt Donovan on waivers, per Sportsnet.
Donovan, 25, signed a one-year deal with the Sabres on the opening day of free agency after spending his entire professional career with the Isles organization.
The fact he’s being waived isn’t a huge shock. Donovan failed to draw into a single Sabres game this year despite a whittled-down blueline; Jake McCabe, recently called up from AHL Rochester, drew into the lineup for Monday’s win over Columbus at the expense of Carlo Colaiacovo, who played the first two games of the year.
The fact both McCabe and Colaiacovo were ahead on the depth chart didn’t bode well for Donovan. Today’s move could also suggest that Zach Bogosian, who hasn’t played this year due to injury, is ready to return.