Friday, January 18, 2019

Predators' Johansen Suspended

On Friday, the NHL's Department of Player Safety made a ruling on Nashville's Ryan Johansen, giving him a 2-game suspension for a reckless high-stick on Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele on Thursday night.  The high-sticking call was for an inadvertent chop to the head of the Jets forward in trying to pivot past him, which also earned him a penalty on the ice.

What this means is that Johansen will now miss Saturday's home game against the Panthers and Monday's contest in Colorado and will be eligible to return on Wednesday for their visit to Sin City.

Johansen has been very good for the Predators this season, scoring 8 goals and 42 points in 49 games, which puts him 59th in scoring, with play already started on Friday night. 

Steve picked up the Nashville centre in the 4th round of the draft, 88th overall, so he is certainly getting a good return for an early round pick this season.  One of a number of good picks on Steve's team, which has helped him into the top 10 this year, after a disappointing debut season last year.

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