Matthew Tkachuk might want to keep his head up tomorrow night.
That’s because, on Friday, Tkachuk and the Flames will face the Oilers in the second of a home-and-home series — and suffice to say, Edmonton is none too pleased with the rookie.
In Wednesday’s 7-4 loss, Tkachuk boarded defenseman Kris Russell in the first period, looked to have slew-footed defenseman Brandon Davidson in the second, then delivered a high hit on defenseman Adam Larsson in the third.
Of all the incidents, it’s the alleged slew-foot that’s getting the most attention today.
That’s because Davidson, who only played 11 shifts for 7:49 of ice time before exiting, will now be “out a while” head coach Todd McLellan said, per CHED 630 radio.
Both Davidson and Larsson were absent from today’s practice, though McLellan said Larsson was having a maintenance day.
No word yet if the 18-year-old Tkachuk will face any supplemental discipline for his actions, but one thing’s for certain — he’s quickly inserted himself into the Battle of Alberta rivalry.
To be fair, that’s exactly what Flames president Brian Burke expected when the club took Tkachuk sixth overall at this year’s draft.
“Kid’s a kind of pain in the ass,” said Burke, per the Calgary Herald. “We don’t have enough guys who are pains in the ass. And the way I like to play, I like guys who are pains in the ass.”