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Sport Nazem Kadri suspended 8 games for hit on Justin Faulk

06:40  22 may  2021
06:40  22 may  2021 Source:   nbcsports.com

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The NHL suspended Nazem Kadri 8 games for his hit on Justin Faulk. Nazem Kadri’s suspension begins with Game 3 of Blues – Avalanche, which airs at 9:30 p.m. ET on USA Network (stream).

Note that, if the Avalanche are eliminated within those 8 games, then Nazem Kadri’s remaining suspension will carry over to the 2021-22 regular season.

This marks the third playoff suspension for Nazem Kadri in the past four seasons — all in First Round series. It would be difficult for any other player to replicate this pace, as that’s four multi-game suspensions in a window of 23 playoff games.

Here is part of the explanation for the Nazem Kadri suspension via the Department of Player Safety:

NHL playoffs: Blues rip hits on defensemen; Connor McDavid shut down; Capitals, Bruins keep going to OT

  NHL playoffs: Blues rip hits on defensemen; Connor McDavid shut down; Capitals, Bruins keep going to OT The Blues lost defensemen Justin Faulk and Robert Bortuzzo during a 6-3 loss to the Avalanche. The Jets held Oilers' Connor McDavid without a point.They then took two major hits during the 6-3 Colorado Avalanche win when defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Justin Faulk left the game with injuries.

Along with Robert Bortuzzo, Justin Faulk will not play in Game 3 for the Blues following that Nazem Kadri hit. The Blues were already facing a tall order in trying to hang with the high-powered Avalanche, and now their defense looks like this:

With Nazem Kadri suspended, Carl Soderberg enters the Avalanche lineup for Game 3 vs. the Blues.

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Nazem Kadri’s suspension history

This seems like a pertinent time to note Nazem Kadri’s larger suspension history.

  • November 2013: Nazem Kadri was suspended three games for interference. In that case, he collided with then-Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom.
  • March 2015: Next, Kadri sat four games for an illegal hit to the head of Matt Fraser.
  • April 2016: The 2015-16 season ended early for Kadri after he cross-checked Luke Glendening. It was another four-game suspension.
  • April 2018: Now we get to the back-to-back Kadri suspensions vs. the Bruins in playoff games. Kadri missed Games 2, 3, and 4 in the Maple Leafs’ 2018 First Round series vs. the Bruins for a hit on Tommy Wingels.
  • April 2019: A year later, the NHL suspended Nazem Kadri for the remainder of the Bruins – Maple Leafs First Round series (3-5 games) for a dangerous hit on Jake DeBrusk.
  • May 2021: The NHL suspended Nazem Kadri eight games for that hit on Justin Faulk.

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Avalanche's Nazem Kadri to have in-person hearing with NHL

  Avalanche's Nazem Kadri to have in-person hearing with NHL Avalanche's Nazem Kadri to have in-person hearing with NHLThe in-person hearing with be held via Zoom.

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Nazem Kadri suspended 8 games for hit on Justin Faulk originally appeared on NBCSports.com

Avs F Nazem Kadri's suspension appeal set for Thursday .
Avs F Nazem Kadri's suspension appeal set for ThursdayThe NHL Department of Player Safety issued the suspension last Friday following Kadri's illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues defenseman Justin Faulk in Game 2 of a first-round playoff series on May 19.

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