Just two days into the season and the Department of Player Safety has some work to do. Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog will have a hearing for his hit on Chicago Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach last night.
Partway through the third period, Landeskog delivered a hard check while Dach was already down on one knee, driving him into the boards with quite a bit of force. He received a two-minute boarding penalty for the play, while also taking a roughing penalty for the scrum that occurred with Tyler Johnson immediately afterward.
Dach escaped major injury, which will help Landeskog’s case with the DoPS, but this isn’t the first time he’s been given supplementary discipline. In fact, he has been suspended on several different occasions in the past, for both dangerous hits and cross-checking in particular. Though he won’t be considered a repeat offender in terms of salary forfeiture, the league will include his entire discipline history in deciding how to punish him in this instance.