The NHL announced on Thursday that they have suspended Gabriel Landeskog for two games for his dirty hit on Kirby Dach during the first game of the season. The Chicago Blackhawks star forward luckily did not get hurt on the play.
The play on which Landeskog hit Dach, saw Landeskog check him into the boards after he was falling to the ice in a vulnerable position. Giving him the two-game suspension is the right move, especially early on into the season to make sure teams know they won’t be getting away with anything this season.
The next two games for the Avalanche come against the Blues on Friday night and the Capitals on Tuesday. Being without the team captain definitely won’t make things easy for the Avalanche, but at the same time, they do have a pretty deep lineup already.
To see the official video by the NHL on the suspension check out the video below:
The Chicago Blackhawks did not have the best first game of the season.
Luckily for the team, no one seemed to have gotten hurt on opening night. The Dach hit was scary, and after that towards the end of the game seeing DeBrincat leave the ice with an injury only to come back a little later definitely was a scary sight to see.
Both of those instances reminded me of how important getting a little bit of luck is going to be this season. The Hawks need this roster at 100 percent just to be competitive, not dominant. Some teams can get by with some stars out of the lineup like Colorado missing Nathan Mackinnon, but Chicago is not that team. They need everyone to be on the ice as much as possible this season and hopefully, the group can stay healthy all year long.
Game two of the season for Chicago is on Friday night against New Jersey.