The Department of Player Safety is back on the case today, announcing that Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen will have a hearing today regarding the high-sticking incident from last night. Johansen was battling with Mark Scheifele in the corner before spinning and delivering a blow right to the head of Winnipeg Jets’ forward. The league will have to determine whether there was any intention on the play, and whether it rises to the level of supplementary discipline. Johansen did receive a minor penalty on the play.
This incident will surely just add even more fire to the battles between the Predators and Jets, two teams headed for another collision in the playoffs. Though the Calgary Flames have certainly entered the mix, these two are still considered top teams in the Western Conference and have absolute wars when on the ice together. Johansen, who has been involved in both on and off the ice trash talking in recent years, seems to often be in the middle of any extra curricular activity. He’s sure to be there again if they do end up facing off in the postseason.
For now though, Johansen is almost definitely going to face a suspension of some sort. Though it may have not been a premeditated action, it was obviously quite dangerous and could have resulted in a major injury. The Predators forward will have to pay for that, and very well could be out for the rest of January.