Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov has been suspended four games for an “excessively low” hit on Stars forward Tyler Seguin during Friday’s game in Dallas.
In reviewing the video, the NHL deemed that Kulikov “bends severely at the waist and throws his body across Seguin’s knees, flipping Seguin dangerously to the ice and causing a significant knee injury. This is clipping.”
The Bruins are in the midst of a Western Canada road swing and the recall would leave Providence short — per the Journal, the club’s strength coach is dressing as the backup goalie for today’s matinee against Manchester — so the timing of Subban’s move is curious.
Especially in light of recent reports.
TSN’s Darren Dreger said B’s GM Peter Chiarelli had received calls on Subban, the club’s first-round pick (24th overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Subban’s played well in the American League this season — posting a .921 save percentage — and, per an earlier report from Friedman, the Sabres inquired about trading for Subban, but were shot down.
Boston has four games remaining on its current road trip, which began with an ugly 5-2 loss in Vancouver on Friday. The B’s play tonight in Calgary, Wednesday in Edmonton, Friday in St. Louis and Sunday in Chicago — four games in six nights, a packed schedule which could give Subban a shot at making his NHL debut.
That said, this recall could be much ado about nothing. Boston could simply be giving Subban a look in place of the struggling Niklas Svedberg, who has been pulled in two of his last three starts.
Matthias had a hat trick as he also accounted for Vancouver’s opening goal. He has 13 goals in 52 games this season, with five of those markers coming in his last four contests.
This was the opening tilt in an important five-game road trip for the Bruins. With a 28-20-7 record, their hold on the second Wild Card spot is tenuous and Hamilton recently noted that there’s “a lot of negativity in the room.” Certainly this defeat won’t do anything to help that.
Vancouver has now won three of its last four contests to improve to 31-20-3. The Canucks needed these two points to keep pace with San Jose tonight in the battle for second place in the Pacific Division. The victory also gives the Canucks a four-point cushion in the fight for a postseason berth.
They’ll head to Calgary for another important game Saturday night.