We have our first potential suspension of the NHL playoffs, as the Department of Player Safety has announced Drake Caggiula of the Chicago Blackhawks will have a hearing today. Caggiula hit Edmonton Oilers forward Tyler Ennis during the second period of their game yesterday, appearing to contact the head. Caggiula was not penalized on the play.
There have been several incidents already in the exhibition and early playoff games that could have warranted review from the DoPS, with almost every team trying to engage physically early to get the tempo of games up. Fights have already erupted between players that rarely drop the gloves and huge collisions have become standard, at least early in games.
Caggiula, who came to the Blackhawks from the Oilers last season, recorded nine goals and 15 points in 40 games for Chicago this year. He played a little over 11 minutes yesterday, recording four hits and a blocked shot.