May 14, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland (5) handles the puck against the Ottawa Senators during the second period in game one of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Deryk Engelland Set To Have In-Person Hearing


Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman Deryk Engelland is reportedly set to have an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for his hit that knocked Detroit Red Wings’ forward Justin Abdelkader out of Friday’s matchup at Joe Louis Arena – according to

Engelland went to check Abdelkader at center ice with 29.3 seconds left in the first-period, when his shoulder clipped the Wings’ forward in the chin. Abdelkader needed help off the ice and did not return, while Engelland was issued a match penalty.

Engelland does have a prior suspension history, so there’s no telling how long he will be out should he be banned. However, if he is indeed suspended, he’ll join the list of absent Pens’ blueliners. Pittsburgh is already without their top-4 defensemen, after Kris Letang was a late scratch last night.


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