Agostino Game Misconduct Deserved

Kenny Agostino of the Montreal Canadiens made his one shift against the Minnesota Wild a memorable one. He logged just 25 seconds of ice time and accumulated 20 minutes in penalties. Before taking part in a retaliatory fight instigated by the Wild’s Nick Seeler, Agostino was originally dinged for interference on this play against Eric … Continue reading Agostino Game Misconduct Deserved

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Why the Wood Hit on Benn is Dangerous

Miles Wood should be hearing from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, but he likely won’t. In a January 2nd game between the New Jersey Devils and the Dallas Stars, Wood popped Dallas forward Jamie Benn with a hit that caused Benn’s head to snap violently forward and then quickly and just as violently backward. The … Continue reading Why the Wood Hit on Benn is Dangerous

Head Contact: Punishment vs. Prevention

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare of the Vegas Golden Knights was under scrutiny by fans for his check to Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford back on December 8th, 2018. Clifford suffered a concussion on the play and missed seven games before returning to action on December 27th. On the other hand, Bellemare didn’t receive a penalty for … Continue reading Head Contact: Punishment vs. Prevention

Oilers Play Must-Win against Coyotes

This, ladies and gentlemen, is my first big prediction of the season. It has to do with the playoff chances of none other than my favourite team, the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers head into Arizona tonight on a not so promising 6 game losing streak. In fact, they haven’t won a game since December 14th. … Continue reading Oilers Play Must-Win against Coyotes

Sam Bennett Guilty of…What?

Seriously? People are upset by this Sam Bennett check? https://twitter.com/jtarbett/status/1079965181482917889?s=21 This check keeps being referred to as late. If it was even late it was still very very very very close. Because it was so close, there’d have to be a real reason to see any supplemental discipline. There’s no upward motion. No elbow. No … Continue reading Sam Bennett Guilty of…What?

McIsaac Head Contact: Avoidable or Not?

Canada’s Jared McIsaac was lucky to get away with clear head contact to Jachym Kondelik in Cananda’s 5-1 preliminary game win last night against the Czech Republic. https://twitter.com/toughcallblog/status/1079217521377660928?s=21 There was obvious exaggerated upward propulsion and significant direct head contact. The IIHF is well known for zero tolerance on any type of head contact, so it’s a … Continue reading McIsaac Head Contact: Avoidable or Not?

Karlsson Hearing Shows Why NHL has Failed in Effort to Prevent Brain Injuries

The case laid out against San Jose Shark Erik Karlsson is exhibit A for why the NHL’s head contact rules are set up to fail. Karlsson will have a hearing for what the Department of Player Safety is calling a check to the head of Los Angeles King Austin Wagner. https://twitter.com/habscorner/status/1076659076363415553?s=21 I think it’s pretty … Continue reading Karlsson Hearing Shows Why NHL has Failed in Effort to Prevent Brain Injuries

Johansen Gets Away with Blatant Boarding

Predators forward Ryan Johansen tracked Flyers alternate captain Sean Couturier behind the Nashville net, pushed him hard between the shoulder blades and straight up launched him head first into the boards. There was no penalty on this play. There’s an official just a few feet away, staring directly at it, and he even makes what … Continue reading Johansen Gets Away with Blatant Boarding

Khaira Will Have Hearing for Cross Check

Edmonton Oilers workhouse Jujhar Khaira earned a hearing from the NHL’s Department of Player Saftey. The hearing comes on the heels of a brutal retaliatory cross check to the head of St. Louis Blues defenceman Vince Dunn. https://twitter.com/nhlplayersafety/status/1075458837992357888?s=21 There’s no doubt Khaira should be suspended for what he did. It was an awful reaction. It’s … Continue reading Khaira Will Have Hearing for Cross Check

Cole Should Face Discipline for Knee on Nelson

Brock Nelson of the New York Islanders was taken out of Monday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche after a knee on knee collision with Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole. https://twitter.com/twoturtleduffs/status/1074874984403750913?s=21 The NHL’s Department of Player Saftey should take a serious look at this incident. Nelson has already been blamed on social media for trying to sidestep … Continue reading Cole Should Face Discipline for Knee on Nelson