Eichel Suspended For Two Games
As if things weren't going bad enough for the Buffalo Sabres. They'll be missing their best player for the next two games.
Sabres captain Jack Eichel was suspended by the NHL on Sunday following his hit to the head of Carl Soderberg during Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Eichel was assessed a two minute penalty on the play but the league's Department of Player Safety ruled that Eichel's hit was directed at the head of Soderberg.
Soderberg was uninjured and continued to play the rest of the game. Earlier Eichel was slammed to the boards by former Sabre defenseman Nikita Zadorov after a whistle on an offside. The hit knocked Eichel's helmet from his head but Zadorov was assessed only a roughing penalty and the league decided no other punishment was needed.
After the game Eichel said he was aggravated other teams seem to be able to take free shots at the Sabres and his hit to Soderberg was probably in retaliation.
So with Eichel out of games against Dallas and Pittsburgh this week the Sabres have called up Alexander Nylander from Rochester to fill Eichel's roster spot.