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Report: Shanahan to conduct rare double discipline hearing with Pittsburgh’s Neal


It’s the kind of ruling that would make Dear Vernon Wormer proud.

According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, Pittsburgh Penguins winger James Neal will have not one, but two, hearings with NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan on Tuesday. It’s like double-secret probation, only not secret and we’re unsure about the probation part!

Neal will be discussing the hits he laid on both Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux during Sunday’s 8-4 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

If you haven’t seen them yet, here’s the Couturier hit:

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And here’s the Giroux hit:

Neal could be facing serious ramifications given his potential repeat offender status. Assuming 2009 is within the statute of limitations, his two-game suspension for this hit on Derek Dorsett could come into effect:

Neal was also fined $2,500 in November for high-sticking Montreal defenseman PK Subban.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?