Nazem Kadri is facing another suspension.
He has been offered an in-person hearing following his cross-check on Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk in the Maple Leafs’ 4-1 Game 2 loss on Saturday.
This means Kadri could be suspended for as many as five games.
Toronto’s Nazem Kadri has been offered an in-person hearing for Cross-checking Boston’s Jake DeBrusk. Date and time TBD.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) April 14, 2019
Nazem Kadri has been offered an in-person hearing for his cross-check to the face of Jake DeBrusk, which means @NHLPlayerSafety can suspend him more than five games.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 14, 2019
The Maple Leafs center was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for a high hit on DeBrusk.
Kadri’s hit did not earn him a match penalty, but it may well earn him a suspension.
I’d imagine this lands Kadri a suspension pic.twitter.com/LXi9ZovoS5
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 14, 2019
If the ruling on Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov is any indication, Kadri is definitely going to see a suspension for this.
He hit DeBrusk high and hard which left the Bruins forward down on the ice.
Kucherov was suspended for one game following his hit on Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara in Tampa Bay’s 5-1 Game 2 loss to Columbus on Friday.
This hit is not as egregious as that one as Nutivaara was down on his knees along the boards when Kucherov decided to hit him, but it comes with a history.
Kadri was suspended for three games in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs when he boarded Bruins winger Tommy Wingels. That hit bore a strong resemblance to that of Kucherov and was met with harsh discipline from NHL Player Safety.
The Maple Leafs’ loss Saturday moved them into a 1-1 tie in the series with Boston as they will shift back to Toronto for Games 3 and 4.