ST. LOUIS – Eight games. That’s the suspension levied by the NHL Department of Safety tonight against Avalanche center Nazem Kadri, for his Game 2 hit to the head of St. Louis Blues defenseman Justin Faulk.
The word came down after the first period of tonight’s Avalanche-Blues Game 3 at Enterprise Center, which was scoreless after the first period. The Department of Player Safety explained its decision in this video.
Kadri delivered the hit principally to the head, the league said, “on a hit where such contact was avoidable.” In the video, the league said Kadri argued that he was trying to deliver a full body check, not to the head. But, the league said, “the head was the main point of contact on the hit.”
The league said Kadri took an angle on the hit that went ahead of Faulk’s “core.”
The suspension started with tonight’s game. J.T. Compher centered the second line tonight, with Joonas Donskoi and Andre Burakovsky.