The Chicago Blackhawks might be with out Drake Caggiula for his or her subsequent qualifying-round sport. The ahead has been given a one-game suspension by the Department of Player Safety for the hit on Edmonton Oilers ahead Tyler Ennis on Saturday.
As the accompanying video explains:
“It is important to note that the head is the main point of contact on this hit. While Caggiula does make some contact with Ennis’ arm, the brunt of the impact on this play is absorbed by Ennis’ head. It is also important to note that the head contact on this play is avoidable. While we acknowledge that Ennis’ body moves slightly while making a play on the puck, he does not materially change the position of his head or body in a way that substantially contributes to the head being the main point of contact.”
Caggiula has by no means beforehand been fined or suspended, although this one-game ban is very related in a brief best-of-five collection. He was not penalized on the play, however he’ll need to miss a whole sport now because the Blackhawks try and upset the Oilers.
Mark Lazerus of The Athletic notes that Dylan Sikura is the likeliest candidate to switch Caggiula within the Blackhawks lineup.