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Just before reaching arbitration the Golden Knights and William Karlsson reached an agreement.

When the contract expires, Karlsson will remain an RFA with arbitration rights.

William had a great year for us and we are excited to now have him under contract for next season. -George McPhee

I’m happy to have my deal and we don’t have to speculate other things. I want to prove that I can do it more than just once. Hopefully I play good and can look at a longer deal in the future. -William Karlsson





Evander Kane Suspended One Game, Will Miss Game 2

The NHL Department of Player Saftey has decided that Evander Kane will be suspended for one game due to his cross-check of Pierre-Edouard Bellemare after the whistle in Game 1. Kane will miss Game 2 of the series tomorrow.

This cross-check occurs well after the whistle is blown and serves no purpose other than as a strike to an opponent’s head. This is not a hockey play. -NHL Department of Player Safety

While Kane asserts he did not intentionally strike at an opponents head, there are two cross-checks on this play. The first was delivered directly to Bellemare’s arm, then with no meaningful change of position by either player Kane delivers a second blow which strikes Bellemare in the head. -NHL Department of Player Safety

The Sharks will also be without Joe Thornton once again for Game 2. Head coach Pete DeBoer did say he expects Joonas Donskoi to play.

Round 2 Game Dates And Times Announced; Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks

After quite the wait the NHL has finally released the schedule for the Golden Knights Round Two series against the Sharks.

Here’s the schedule

Game 1: Thursday, April 26th: 7:00 PM at T-Mobile Arena
Game 2: Saturday, April 28th: 5:00 PM at T-Mobile Arena
Game 3: Monday, April 30th: 7:00 PM at SAP Center
Game 4: Wednesday, May 2nd: 7:00 PM at SAP Center
*Game 5: Friday, May 4th: 7:00 PM at T-Mobile Arena
*Game 6: Sunday, May 6th: TBD at SAP Center
*Game 7: Tuesday, May 8th: TBA at T-Mobile Arena

*if necessary

Drew Doughty Suspended For Game 2

This was the aftermath of the hit. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The NHL has reviewed a Game 1 hit by Drew Doughty, and reported by Sportsnet’s Nick Kyprios, the Kings defenseman has been suspended for one playoff game.

The hit in question was a 3rd period illegal check to the head of William Carrier. Carrier left the bench momentarily but returned before the game was over. He never re-entered the game.

Doughty will serve the suspension in Game 2 of the series. He will be eligible to return to the Kings lineup on Sunday in Los Angeles for Game 3.

As we pointed out earlier today, the NHL’s precedent on this type of hit was a two game suspension, however, there is an unwritten standard the NHL has used for years that two regular season games is equal to one playoff game. Thus, it can be viewed that Doughty earned a two game suspension and will serve it through one playoff game.

Doughty delivers a high forceful hit that makes Carrier’s head the main point of contact on a hit where such head contact was avoidable. This is an illegal check to the head. -NHL Department of Player Saftey

It is important to note that while Doughty’s first point of contact is with Carrier’s arm, the illegal check to the head rule does not take into account what the first point of contact is. Rather the rule states: A hit resulting in contact with an opponent’s head where the head was the main point of contact and such contact to the head was avoidable is not permitted. -NHL Department of Player Saftey

Doughty Will Have Suspension Hearing Today; Should Be Suspended Two Games

See you in Game 4 Drew. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

At 1:30 PM today Drew Doughty will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Saftey to determine the punishment he shall receive for his hit on William Carrier in Game 1.

With 10:01 remaining in the game, William Carrier carried the puck in the offensive zone and LA’s Drew Doughty went head hunting.

Doughty is an outstanding defenseman, but his emotions run high. After battling with Carrier for two periods, the Norris trophy recipient saw a chance to take revenge. The star defenseman led all skaters with 28 minutes on Wednesday, but a one second hit should keep him out of the Kings lineup for the next two games, despite not even being sent to the box in the game.

The NHL has set a precedent this season on hits like this over the course of the year. including suspending multiple players that were not penalized in the game.

Anaheim’s Andrew Cogliano was suspended two games for a similar hit on LA’s Adrian Kempe. Keep in mind, Cogliano’s suspension ended his ironman streak.

Nashville’s Filip Forsberg was suspended three games this season for a severe interference penalty on Jimy Vesey. The league ruled the hit was late, made significant head contact and was deemed punishable.

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Round 1 Game Dates And Times Announced; Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings

The NHL has released two options for the playoff scheduled depending on the outcome of the final game of the regular season (Boston vs Florida) which will be played tonight.

Either way, the Golden Knights schedule is set. The only changes possible are the start times on Games 2, 4, and 5 which could shift 30 minutes.

Here’s the schedule

Game 1: Wednesday, April 11th: 7:00 PM at T-Mobile Arena
Game 2: Friday, April 13th: 7:00 or 7:30 PM at T-Mobile Arena
Game 3: Sunday, April 15th: 7:30 PM at STAPLES Center
Game 4: Tuesday, April 17th: 7:00 or 7:30 PM at STAPLES Center
*Game 5: Thursday, April 19th: 7:00 or 7:30 PM at T-Mobile Arena
*Game 6: Saturday, April 21st: TBD at STAPLES Center
*Game 7: Monday, April 23rd: TBA at T-Mobile Arena

*if necessary

If Tampa Bay wins the Atlantic Division, Game 2 will be at 7:00 PM, Game 4 at 7:30 and Game 5 at 7:00.

If Boston wins the Atlantic Division, Game 2 will be at 7:30 PM, Game 4 at 7:00 and Game 5 at 7:30.


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