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Nazem Kadri suspended eight games by NHL



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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.”

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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.

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Seems a bit over the top, but Avs seem so deep that it doesn’t really matter, especially with how ineffective Kadri has been.

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For comparison

Tom Wilson – 5 suspensions:

Sept 22, 2017: 2 games (preseason)
Oct 1 2017: 4 games
May1 2018: 5 games
Sept 30 2018: 20 games
March 6, 2021: 7 games

Then he gets a $5000 fine in these playoffs for roughing Pavel Buchnevich with no mention of him throwing Panarin to the ice (possibly by the hair).

I’m not saying DoPS is incons… oh, wait. I AM calling DoPS inconsistent.

I would even go so far as to say this admittedly small sample size could be an indication the racism in hockey is still very much prevalent. YMMV

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