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 NHL.com.
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.