Sunday, December 09, 2018

Leafs' Hyman Suspended

The NHL's Department of Player Safety found another interference call to rule on this weekend, as Zach Hyman of the Toronto Maple Leafs made an ill-advised decision to hit Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy both late and high and it has now cost him a couple of games.  Hyman was ejected for the game after this hit and the league ruled that a couple more games was in order, so he'll sit for games against the Hurricanes on Tuesday and the Lightning on Thursday.

Hyman has been a productive member of the Leafs this season, posting 7 goals and 15 points in 30 games, ranking in the top 200 in scoring.  After the game against the Bruins, he brought his penalty minute total up to 36 minutes this season, which is good enough to be tied for 17th in the league.

More tough luck for Derek B.'s team, which should come away with goon team of the week honours in tomorrow morning's Newsletter, but it will struggle to improve upon its 23rd place ranking next week without Hyman in the lineup.  This is Derek's second suspension this week, already having Mark Giordano of the Flames missing a couple games this weekend.  Could the number of games missed due to suspension become a mini-game in year upcoming?

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