It looks like Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Downie will avoid league discipline for his vicious hit on Nashville’s Roman Jose.
During the second period of Friday night’s game, Downie’s feet appeared leave the ice in a check that put Josi flat on his back.
“We’re trying to get all of that out of the game, launching yourself, especially the head shots,” Predators coach Barry Trotz told NHL.com. “If you watch the film, it’s pretty self-explanatory and the league will handle it correctly.”
According to multiple reports, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan hasn’t scheduled a review hearing with Downie, whose hit forced Jose to leave the game with an upper-body injury.
But it seems if the league isn’t going to take issue with Downie’s check, the Preds are planning to.
“I take issue with that,” Nashville forward Paul Gaustad told the Denver Post. “Downie’s one of those players who looks for the crowd to cheer him on or something like that.
“It was a dumb hit and we know who did it. We play these guys several times this year.”
The Preds next meet the Avalanche on Nov. 6 in Denver.
BURROWS ON THE MEND
Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows is believed to have suffered a lower-body injury in a 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night that will sideline the 32-year-old for at least two weeks.
"He's going to be out a couple of weeks,” Canucks head coach John Tortorella said. “That's where we are going to leave it right now.”
Burrows finished Thursday night’s game but was seen limping in a walking boot ahead of Saturday night’s game, according to NHL.com.
In 47 games last season Burrows contributed 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points.
It’s believed Burrows undisclosed lower-body injury was suffered as a result of being hit by a slap shot while killing a penalty.
SELANNE’S NIGHT OFF
The Anaheim Ducks are hoping aging forward Teemu Selanne will be fresh for Sunday’s game in Winnipeg after electing to sit the Finnish Flash on Saturday against the Minnesota Wild.
"Winnipeg might be a pretty big night for him," Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau told NHL.com. "They love him there and rightfully so."
With Selanne, 43, in his 22nd season in the league, Boudreau announced plans to sit Selanne for at least one game during the dozen back-to-back games Anaheim plays this season.
After signing a one-year extension with the Ducks in the off-season, Selanne announced plans to retire following this, his final, season in the NHL.
Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty missed Saturday night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers with a left arm injury he suffered during the team’s home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs last week