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Drew Doughty Suspended For Game 2

This was the aftermath of the hit. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas 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: SinBin.vegas 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: SinBin.vegas 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)

ORIGINAL STORY

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 SinBin.vegas 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.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS SIGN ZACH WHITECLOUD (D) TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT

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.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS ACQUIRE TOMAS TATAR (F) FOR 1ST, 2ND, AND 3RD ROUND PICKS

Tatar fought Erik Haula in the fourth game of the season. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas 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.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS ACQUIRE PHILIP HOLM (D) FOR BRENDAN LEIPSIC (F)

Leipsic just couldn’t seem to find the back of the net with VGK. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The Golden Knights have made their second trade at the deadline sending 23-year-old Brendan Leipsic to the Vancouver Canucks for Philip Holm.

Holm is a 26-year-old Swedish born defenseman who has played in one NHL game (against the Golden Knights on 2/24).

Philip Holm is a defenseman who plays a well-rounded game. Owns excellent mobility and a good first pass. Can play a physical game at times, too. -EliteProspects.com

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GOLDEN KNIGHTS ACQUIRE RYAN REAVES AND 4TH ROUND PICK IN 3-WAY DEAL WITH PITTSBURGH AND OTTAWA

Like Reaves or not, McPhee just pulled a pick and a player out of thin air. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

According to multiple reports, the Golden Knights were the third team in a deal that sent Derick Brassard to the Penguins and Ian Cole to Ottawa. Vegas acquired Ryan Reaves and the Vancouver Canucks 4th round pick (via Pittsburgh). The Golden Knights only gave up Tobias Lindberg in the trade. They also retained $2 million of salary of Derick Brassard’s contract.

Vegas Gets:
Ryan Reaves (F)
2018 4th Round Pick (Vancouver)

Pittsburgh Gets:
Derick Brassard (F) ($2 mil retained by VGK)
Vincent Dunn (F)
Tobias Lindberg (F)
2018 3rd Round Pick (Ottawa)

Ottawa Gets:
Ian Cole (D)
Filip Gustavsson (G)
2018 1st Round Pick (Pittsburgh)
2019 3rd Round Pick (Pittsburgh)

George McPhee was able to utilize the salary cap and a player he acquired in the Calvin Pickard trade prior to the season to bring in a 4th round pick and Ryan Reaves.

McPhee is scheduled to meet with the media in the 1st intermission of tonight’s game.

Ryan Reaves was traded from St. Louis to the Penguins in a deal that was completed at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Reaves has played in 58 games this season averaging 6:45 TOI. He has scored four goals (one against Vegas) and has four assists. He has racked up 84 penalty minutes and has a -9 +/- rating.

JON MERRILL (D) ACTIVATED FROM IR; SHEA THEODORE (D) PLACED ON IR

Merrill will play his first game since January 4th when he was placed on IR with an undisclosed injury. Theodore has been out since the game against Edmonton on February 15th. NHL rules only require a player on IR to miss seven days, so Theodore will be eligible to return on Friday for the game against Vancouver.

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GOLDEN KNIGHTS SIGN JON MERRILL (D) TO 2 YEAR EXTENSION WORTH $2.75M (AAV $1.375M)

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