Mar 21, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; A general view of hockey pucks before the game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs at the First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Leafs 5-4 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Two For Roughing 10/19/13


Oct 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche right wing Steve Downie (17) takes a shot on the net of Detroit Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson (50) as defenseman Jakub Kindl (4) defends in the third period t Pepsi Center. The Red Wings defeated the Avalanche 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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It’s Saturday morning, which means a full slate of games are on tap throughout the National Hockey League, with games featuring the New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets, all Metropolitan Division foes.

Throughout the past couple of weeks, the League has witnessed some dreadful hits that seriously questioned the Department of Player Safety. Hits that included severe injuries to San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall, in both instances, each player had to be taken off the ice in a stretcher. Thankfully, Boyle is doing fine after receiving the hit. Kronwall wasn’t so lucky as he was greeted with a concussion and some cuts to his hear as he was violently thrown into the boards by Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod.

As headshots are addressed, let’s take a look at some quick hits around the league:

  • St. Louis Blues forward Maxim Lapierre has been suspended five games for his hit on Boyle.
  • McLeod faces an in-person hearing with the Department on Tuesday
  • Both James Reimer and James Van Riemsdyk practiced for the Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday, and could play in their game today against the Chicago Blackhawks ( 7 pm ET, NHLN-US, CBC)
  • Winnipeg Jets rookie defenseman Jacob Trouba left last night’s game after attempting to hit Blues defenseman Jordan Leopold.

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