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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.


Marc-Andre Fleury Injury Update

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

UPDATE: (3/22/18 12:28 PM)

UPDATE: (3/22/18 10:58) – Fleury and Reilly Smith skated at City National Arena this morning for about 30 minutes. Fleury was not wearing his goalie gear and he he Smith were stick handling and shooting at empty nets.

UPDATE: (3/22/18 10:30 AM) – Multiple sources have confirmed Marc-Andre Fleury did go through concussion protocol Tuesday night. He passed protocol but was not inserted back in the game as a precautionary measure.

The team still does not believe he suffered a concussion but remain cautious. Fleury is not with the team in San Jose. They have yet to rule out having him join the team in Denver.

It remains unclear when he may return but the concern that it could be season ending is considered minimal.

UPDATE (3/21/18 5:55 PM) – Oscar Dansk has been recalled by the Golden Knights. He will join the team in San Jose tomorrow. This confirms Fleury will miss at least one game.

UPDATE (3/21/18 1:03 PM)


Following the 1st period of the Golden Knights game against the Vancouver Canucks, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was removed from the game due to what is believed to be an injury.

I haven’t heard nothing yet. Trainers told me he’s not coming back tonight. That’s it. -Gerard Gallant

Fleury did not return to the bench the remainder of the game.

He did take a shot to the mask with approximately 10:00 minutes left in the period on the play shown below. The trainers did not examine Fleury at that time nor did they during the TV timeout that followed about four minutes later.

No, I have no idea. I thought it hit him, caught him in the chin. Either the cheek or chin. Hopefully he’s alright. Not sure if that had anything to do with it. Hopefully, it’s nothing with the head. -Brandon Sutter (Vancouver player who took the shot)

Multiple sources have confirmed to that Fleury was being examined for a head injury, likely following concussion protocol.

Fleury suffered a concussion in the Golden Knights fourth game of the season on October 13th. He missed 25 games during that stretch.


Reinforcements are on the way for the Golden Knights who have recently become a bit thin on the blue line. Zach Whitecloud, an undrafted free agent defenseman from Bemidji State University, has signed an entry-level contract with the Golden Knights.

He’s a very well-rounded player. A highly sought-after defenseman by a lot of clubs and we are delighted to acquire him as our first college signing. It should be a very good fit for the Vegas Golden Knights. -George McPhee

As mentioned in our previous article, Whitecloud is a well-rounded defenseman that’s been described as having “no deficiencies.”

He’s got a good, balanced skillset, has good depth to his game, good size, good puck skills, shoots the puck extremely well, and he’s a good defender. Zach Whitecloud’s biggest strength is probably that he has no deficiencies. If you want to sit there and analyze every shift, he’s doing something different every shift. That, to me, is a sign of a pretty good defenseman. -Tom Serratore, Bemidji State coach

He’s a mobile defenseman. He moves the puck real well and he’s a safe player right now. We think he plays conservatively and we believe he can give us a lot more offensively. He has lots of room for growth. He’s good and safe and conservative. He’ll build the offensive in his game. -McPhee

Whitecloud is expected to join the Golden Knights in Buffalo on Saturday. Nate Schmidt is also supposed to join the team and play in that game, so we are unsure of when (or if) Whitecloud will make his NHL debut.


Tatar fought Erik Haula in the fourth game of the season. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Vegas has acquired 27-year-old winger Tomas Tatar from the Detroit Red Wings for three draft picks, a 2018 1st, a 2019 2nd, and a 2021 3rd round pick.

Tatar is a speedy goal scorer who has scored 16 goals and tallied 12 assists for the Red Wings this season. Tatar scored 25 last year and 21, 29, and 19 the three years prior.

He is under contract for the next three seasons at a cap hit of $5,300,000 per year.

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