The Nashville Predators will have to manage without one of their top forwards this week.
Filip Forsberg, who sits second on the team in points with 38, will miss three games after the NHL Player Safety Department suspended him for interference following a crushing hit on New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey on Saturday.
The incident occurred in the second period. As Vesey came around the net, he loses the puck. Forsberg, tracking him as he’s coming around, turns and collides with him. Vesey looked shaken up on the play.
In their ruling handed down on Sunday, the NHL’s PSD called the hit “high and forceful” and one that “makes substantial head contact.”
Forsberg, 23, has never been fined or suspended in the past, but player safety took into consideration Vesey’s injury resulting from the play, which included quite a bit of blood coming from his mouth.
The Predators begin a four-game eastern road trip on Monday in New York to face the Islanders. Forsberg will also miss a back-to-back against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators on Wednesday and Thursday.
He will be eligible to return on Saturday against the Canadiens in Montreal.
Forsberg will forfeit $96,774.18, money which goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.